HARARE – Junior miner Prospect Resources is mulling the development of a lithium chemical plant at its Arcadia Lithium project in Harare.
The Arcadia Lithium project is The Arcadia Lithium Project is located approximately 38 km east of Harare, Zimbabwe and occupies an area of more than 14 km2 of granted Mining Rights and consists of several historical lithium and beryl workings within an existing agricultural area. The Project is located close to major highways and railheads, with the Beira Port being less than 450 km away by rail or road transport.
And Prospect is looking to accrue more benefits through value-addition – in line with Zimbabwe’s Zim-Asset programme.
“In order to add further value to the lithia products that will be produced from Arcadia, Prospect has initiated a PFS to evaluate the development of a lithium chemical plant at Arcadia. This process is also being supplemented by ongoing in-house research and development at the company’s laboratory in Zimbabwe.
“Here signiﬁcant progress has been made in generating battery grade (>99.5 percent Li2CO3) lithium carbonate from Arcadia’s petalite concentrate feedstock,” said Prospect management the group’s annual report to June 301, 2017.
“The establishment of a lithium chemical plant at Arcadia will make the Arcadia project one of the few vertically integrated lithium projects in the world and certainly a ﬁrst for Africa.
“Arcadia has the added beneﬁt of its proximal location to key infrastructure such as electricity, by-product consumers and transport resources, as well as regional access to major consumables such as coal and sulphuric acid that are required for the conversion process.”
The ASX-listed miner also operates Sally and Prestwood gold mines which are located in Gwanda.
The group has expressed satisfaction with progress achieved so far, especially at its Sally gold mines.
“Signiﬁcant progress was made at the Sally gold mine over the year, where the old workings were successfully dewatered and underground stopes cleaned and vamped, with proceeds of the material claimed from Sally yielding approximately 120 oz Au. Importantly, a hanging wall drive was developed through the regional dolerite dyke responsible for the apparent termination of downdip extent of the Sally Reef,” reported Prospect.
“Prospect has embarked on a 700m drilling program in order to locate the Sally Reef in the footwall, beyond the dyke, with the ﬁrst hole US001 intersecting the Sally Reef at its anticipated downdip location. Other holes have so far drilled into the dyke and its offshoots, and a likely parallel adit to the northeast. Thirteen holes are planned, totalling some 1,250m.”