Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has made progress at the Zulu lithium and tantalum project in Zimbabwe, where 1 000 m of drilling have been completed.
Two rigs drilling to date have been focused on step out zones intended to increase the mineral resource estimate.
Premier notes that good intersections of visible spodumene mineralisation have been encountered.
The location of mineralised intersections in completed boreholes indicates continuity within the step-out zone and, subject to assay results, may increase the overall resource estimate.
One rig will, from September, be dedicated to larger diameter core recovery for metallurgical, mineralogical and geotechnical test work.
A third rig is expected on site in October.
First assay results are expected this month.
“I am pleased with the progress to date both at Zulu and in the exclusive prospecting order (EPO) extended area of over 200 m2. As much as I have expectations for this EPO and results from resource drilling, our focus must be fixed on the definitive feasibility study (DFS) requirements.
“Our priority at this time is metallurgical test work to guide the design of the plant that will have to be built to produce the concentrates we plan to sell. Quite large samples are required and these need to be recovered from within the known resource.
“This test work will, in all likelihood, be undertaken in Europe and the quicker we collate the sample material and get it shipped, the more likely we are to maintain our timelines to DFS,” CEO George Roach says.