Trial Mining Commences at Maniry with Bulk Sample to be Dispatched to BGRIMM

BlackEarth Minerals (ASX:BEM)
  • As planned, the Company has commenced a 60+ tonne bulk mining trial at the Maniry Graphite Project in southern Madagascar.
  • The bulk material will be shipped to the Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Beijing), forming part of the Company’s Stage 2 pilot plant program.
  • The outcomes from the Stage 2 pilot plant program are pivotal in finalising the Company’s process development work and Bankable Feasibility Study, which is due to be completed in H2 2020.
  • BlackEarth Minerals NL (ASX: BEM) (“BlackEarth”, the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has commenced the excavation of 60 tonnes of bulk material from the Maniry Graphite Project (the “Project”) in southern Madagascar, as part of its trial mining / large scale pilot program.

    The mining and excavation activities on site are expected to be completed by late November, and the 60+ tonnes bulk sample is expected to arrive at Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (“BGRIMM”) in early January 2020. An initial 250kg of Maniry material has already been received at BGRIMM’s facility in China, with testing expected to commence shortly, with the aim of establishing optimal operating conditions for the large scale pilot plant program (“Stage 2”). Mining from the defined Razafy Resource has commenced with the full cooperation and involvement of the local community. The full program involving trial mining and piloting will provide BEM with:

    • Greater understanding of early mining conditions
    • Final Process Design Criteria (“PDC”)
    • Final equipment sizing and power draws
    • Analysis and test work on the final tailings
    • Sufficient concentrate sample to finalise binding offtake arrangements prior to the commencement of construction

    BlackEarth Minerals Managing Director, Mr Tom Revy,

    /Public Release.