HARARE – Zimbabwe-focused mining group Premier African Minerals Limited says it now in a position to commence the shipment of wolframite concentrate from its RHA mine to Durban after receiving the requisite permits from Zimbabwean authorities.
Premier operates the RHA tungsten mine, which is located approximately 270 kilometres northwest of Bulawayo. The miner produced its first concentrate at RHA last year.
“Premier African Minerals…will now commence the first shipment of concentrate from RHA to Durban following the receipt of all required permits from the relevant Zimbabwean authorities to enable the Company to commence shipping of wolframite concentrate from RHA,” said CEO Mr George Roach.
The ability to process its wolframite concentrate will likely push up production at RHA.
Besides mining tungsten, Premier also own the Zulu project, which produces lithium and tantalum. The Zulu project, which is located in south-central Zimbabwe, is an advanced exploration project located in an area of known REE mineralisation.
Meanwhile, the mining group has just publicized a maiden SAMREC compliant resource estimate for the Zulu Lithium and Tantalum project, which it wholly owns.
According to the SAMREC resource estimate, the Zulu project contains 20, 1 million tonnes of ore grading 1, 06 percent lithium oxide and 51 parts per million tantalum pentoxide, using a cut-off grade of 0,5 percent Li2O.
The resource estimate however only covers about 35 percent of the project’s 3,5 kilometre surface strike length, hence more upgrades can be expected.
Said Mr Roach: “We are extremely pleased with this initial maiden resource estimate, which reinforces our belief that Zulu is a very significant new lithium deposit with all the hallmarks of a world-class lithium project.
“To date, the results have been very good and we are looking forward to delivering further additions to our resource inventory in the coming months and laying the foundations for a substantial, long-life strategic metal business.”