Globe Metals and Mining an Austrarian company working on Kanyika Niobium Project have said their results show a 50 percent of wide zones of moderate to high grade mineralisation intersected at depth and along strike.
The company conducted an infill drilling exercise from the 15,000m KNP drilling programme undertaken in 2012.
Announcing the results on Wednesday, Globe Acting Chief Executive Officer; Fergus Jockel said the objective of the resource drilling was to improve geological and mineralogical confidence in the project leading to a reserve of 50 metric tonne with a projected mining rate of 1.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) in the first to fifth year and three Mtpa from year six up to the 20th year.
“We are very pleased with the calibre of the in-fill drilling results received from recent drilling at Kanyika. Globe’s technical team has significantly increased the confidence in the geology and mineralogy at the project and the company will deliver an updated resource estimate by year-end.
“Substantial progress has also been made on activity to complete the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), with third party providers commissioned for the mining study and civil works programme. Major elements of the refinery test work are now resolved, and leaching test work has commenced.
“With the Development Agreement and Environmental Impact Assessment already submitted to relevant Malawian authorities, we expect to have timely approval,” he said.
Jockel said Globe has had discussions with potential Chinese strategic ‘partners to facilitate technology transfer.
“Globe has also begun discussions with potential Chinese strategic partners who will assist to facilitate technology transfer with third party refiners, in addition to advancing discussions around the project financing details with China Development Bank.
“These discussions have been driven by Globe’s strategic partner and major shareholder, ECE. The draft Definitive Feasibility Study remains on track for completion by the end of the current quarter,” Jockel said.