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Prospect Resources flags Zimbabwe’s lithium potential

According to the company, the pre-feasibility study of the Arcadia project, which was completed in July this year, delivered a quality, low cost asset that is expected to provide high quality spodumene and petalite concentrates for many years to come.

The process and metallurgical test work completed at Arcadia produced three primary product streams that are considered suitable feedstock for end users in the lithium battery, glass and ceramic markets.

In August, the company reported that the first product of these samples from the Arcadia lithium project were  distributed to interested third party and downstream customers in China, Europe and North America, and  demand from the potential customers was very high, which the company believed will secure a market for its lithium.

Progress at its Gwanda East gold projects has continued, albeit at a slower rate due to the focus on Arcadia.

This include the exploration works at the Sally Gold Mine and the Prestwood Gold Mine, located in Gwanda.

“In the last year, the team has been successful in completing shaft sinking, footwall development as well as underground drilling at Sally and surface and underground drilling at Prestwood mines, including the production revenues of approximately $120,000 as part of the cleaning out of Sally underground stopes and drives. This revenue has been netted off against the exploration and evaluation expenditure,” the company said.

In the full year to June, revenue increased by 55 percent to $110 000 from $71 000 in the previous year. The company made a loss of $12.8 million from $1.7 million loss in the prior year, on increased expenses, which include exploration expenses among others.

Total assets stood at $14.5 million from $3.96 million previously.

Its market capitalisation as at September 14 stood at $38.2 million.

Arcadia would become Zimbabwe’s third lithium producer, after the Premier African Minerals-owned Zulu lithium project near Fort Rixon and Bikita Minerals in Masvingo.

Zimbabwe is already Africa’s largest lithium producer and fifth largest in the world after producing 900 tonnes in 2015. – The Source

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