Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (BGRIMM) has been appointed to conduct final testing on BlackEarth Minerals’ Maniry graphite ore in Madagascar.
Under the contract, BGRIMM is to undertake a two-stage, 60 to 70 tonne large-scale pilot metallurgical test program to be completed in Q1 of 2020. Results of the program will be used as part of the BlackEarth’s definitive feasibility (DFS) study to finalise all processing related parameters, with produced graphite concentrate to be used to finalise binding offtake agreements.
Stage 1 consists of laboratory scale test work based on an initial 250-kilogram sample of Maniry graphite ore. Results from this stage will be used to confirm all work carried out at ALS Perth and to provide optimal process flow, reagent systems, industrial equipment selection and process operating conditions, for the Stage 2 large scale process pilot test.
The subsequent Stage 2 large scale pilot test program will use approximately 60 tonnes of Maniry graphite ore. This stage will be used to optimise the Maniry flow sheet, provide final equipment specifications, and the results will also provide significant input into the Project’s final Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). The program will also be used to generate substantial concentrate which will assist in finalising off-take arrangements.
BlackEarth Minerals Managing Director, Mr Tom Revy, said that over the past 12 months BlackEarth has achieved several significant milestones which are critical in progressing the Maniry Project into production, which will subsequently move BlackEarth into cashflow.
“The Company’s advanced stage of development is testament to the commitment, experience and networks of the BlackEarth team and importantly demonstrate the Company’s learnings from others operating in the graphite space,” commented Mr Revy.