Zulu lithium/tantalum project pilot plant, Zimbabwe – update

1st September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas - Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

Zulu lithium/tantalum project pilot plant, Zimbabwe – update

Name of the Project
Zulu lithium/tantalum project pilot plant.

Fort Rixon, Zimbabwe.

Project Owner/s
Premier African Minerals.

Project Description
The proposed pilot plant at Premier’s Zulu project has a nameplate throughput of up to 190 t/h; however, it is planned to run at a more conservative 140 t/h at inception.

The pilot plant will use state-of-the-art, sensor-based, ore-sorting technologies that will facilitate the separation of run-of-mine material into components and, in so doing, likely increase available capacity in the flotation recovery circuits, where lithium minerals are recovered.

Ultimate production and recoveries are a factor of many variables, and the pilot plant is likely to assist in dealing with these variables, owing to the inherent flexibility of using multiple ore sorters.

Stockpiles of tantalum-, petalite- and mica-/lepidolite-rich material will facilitate further testwork and flowsheet development to ensure that this material is truly inventory for later profitable recovery.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure
Not stated.

Planned Start/End Date
Not stated.

Latest Developments
On August 30,Premier announced a conditional subscription for new ordinary shares by Canmax Technologies to raise £5-million before expenses at  0.35 pence per new ordinary share for the ongoing Zulu pilot optimisation where the company is targeting revenue generating production by November 2023.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
JR Goddard Contracting (mining contractor) and Stark International Projects (design, procurement, installation and commissioning contractor).

Contact Details for Project Information
Premier African Minerals, tel +27 100 201281 or email info@premierafricanminerals.com.