Australia-based mineral explorer Triton Minerals is set to begin graphite drilling activities on both the Balama and Ancuabe projects, as it received environmental approval from the local government in the Cabo Delgado Province in Mozambique.

The drilling program is scheduled to start at the Balama project by mid-July 2013, with a focus on the priority Target 1 area which was identified during the initial exploration activity in April 2013.

The proposed drilling will help Triton better understand the underlying geological structures and potential prospectively of the project around the identified mineralization zone, which will help in the planning and execution of the subsequent drilling and exploration programs.

Triton managing director Brad Boyle said "This drilling and exploration stage is again an essential step towards helping the Company to understand the size, shape and direction of the graphite mineraliation zones previously identified in April 2013."

The company has appointed Australian service provider Mitchell Group to provide Reverse Circulation (RC) and Diamond Drilling rigs and support services through its Mozambique branch based in Tete.