ASX-listed Kibaran Resources
Ltd has upgraded its JORC mineral resource estimate
for its Merelani East
graphite deposit in Tanzania. The total measured and
indicated resource now stands at 17.7m tonnes at a 6.5% total
graphitic carbon cut-off.
The revised estimate points to a contained
graphite content of 1.14m tonnes, with 500,000 tonnes in the
Kibaran, which recently completed a
bankable feasibility study on its Epanko graphite project, also
in Tanzania, said that the upgrade supports the company
undertaking a pre-feasibility study on Merelani East. An
environmental and social impact assessment is already underway
on the Merelani-Arusha project.
Nearby, fellow Australian explorer Black Rock Mining
Ltd has said it is on track to deliver a maiden JORC
resource at the Epanko North prospect by the end of this
The company recently completed an infill
drilling programme at the site, which returned assays of up to
12.15% C. Further drilling is underway at Black
Rock’s Ulanzi and Cascade prospects, where the
company said that visibly high-grade mineralisation has been
ASX-listed Magnis Resources
Ltd has been awarded a special mining licence for its
Nachu graphite project in Tanzania from the
country’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals.
The company said that the licence was a
key approval that would allow it to move forward with
finalising funding arrangements for the further development of
Magnis’ chairman, Frank
Poullas, said that the company was looking forward to
concluding a mineral development agreement for Nachu with the
energy and minerals ministry in the near future.
Also in Tanzania, ASX-listed Mozambi Resources
Ltd has completed geological mapping over its Chiwata
Results from the mapping indicate that
graphite mineralisation extends up to 4km and remains open
along strike. The company expects to commence airborne
electromagnetic surveys over the area this month.
Previous assay results from Chiwata
confirm the presence of flake graphite with an average grade of
In Russia, the country’s
state nuclear energy agency Rosatom has become
the first company in the world to decommission a commercial
uranium-graphite nuclear reactor, according to a report by Russia Beyond the
According to the news service,
Rosatom’s Experimental Demonstration Centre in
Moscow successfully decommissioned the dual purpose reactor, El
2, which was put into service in Russia’s first
nuclear power plant in Siberia’s Tomsk-7
restricted zone in 1958. The work was supported by research
centres affiliated to the Russian Academy of Sciences, which
together developed unique technologies for decommissioning
El 2 was shut down in 1990 and were
followed by the closure of a number of other uranium-graphite
reactors. Consequently, several reactors in Russia are in the
process of decommissioning.
High purity graphite is used to moderate
nuclear reactors, owing to its dimensional changes, thermal
conductivity and electrical resistivity properties.
government this week initiated a circumvention review
on of anti-dumping duties levied on graphite electrodes from
The duty affects graphite electrodes with
diameters up to 450mm (18 inches), of any length, whether
machined or not, assembled or not, used in electric ovens.
According to a report by antidumpindpublishing.com,
two countries, the UK and the UAE, are alleged to be importing
non-machined graphite electrodes and transforming them into
machined ones, before shipping them on, thereby attempting to
circumvent anti-dumping controls.
Electrode exporters in these countries
will receive questionnaires from the Brazilian authorities and
given 20 days to respond.
In graphene news,
UK-based graphene developer Haydale Graphene Graphene
Industries Plc subsidiary Haydale Composite
Solutions Ltd has signed a letter of intent with
Switzerland-operating Huntsman Advanced Materials
Plc as the first step in agreement to jointly develop
and commercialise graphene-based resins.
The agreement envisages Haydale
functionalising graphene nano platelets using its proprietary
HDPlas process in order to add them to Huntsman’s
ARALDITE resins to create a highly loaded masterbatch.
The companies intend to target the
graphene-based resins at a range of applications in the
Finally, the UK’s University of
Manchester has been awarded a £3m ($4.6m*)
research grant to develop breakthrough applications for 2D
The five year grant from the charity
Lloyd’s Register Foundation will be used by the
university’s National Graphene Institute to
examine how single-atom-thick materials could be used to make
specialised materials tailored to applications such as flexible
optical electronics, energy harvesting, gas separation and
5th Graphite & Graphene
Conference will be held on 8-9 December at the Waldorf
Hilton in London. For more information, contact Peter Gilfillan
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