The Aukam Graphite Project is located in southern Namibia close to the port city of Luderitz. The property hosts five underground adits which were mined periodically between 1940 and 1974. Five surface stockpiles from the historical mining occurred on the property and 73 composite samples were taken from the lower three stockpiles, assayed and averaged 42% Carbon as graphite (Cg).
The Aukam property covers a historical vein graphite mine that consists of five adits and an open pit. Associated with the old workings are five surface stockpiles that still contain significant graphitic material. Data obtained over the past 8 years of the project has led to a better understanding of the quality and distribution of the graphite mineralization at Aukam. In particular, exploration has demonstrated significant potential for expansion of the mineralization outside the old workings.
April 28, 2017 Gratomic (previously CKR) announced that it had completed 28 diamond drill holes with a total length of 630 metres with individual holes varying in length from 3 metres to 45 metres. Of the 28 holes, 16 intersected vein and/or disseminated graphite and four were abandoned in old workings. Logging, core cutting and sampling are ongoing. Chip channel samples from three exposed graphite veins in the underground workings assayed 18.34% Cg over 0.9 metres (0.85m true width), 41.98% Cg over 0.84 metres (0.83m true width) and 56.06% Cg over 1 metre (true width unknown) from the south wall of a stope (see News Release dated July 12, 2016). The company has since conducted over 2000 meters of exploratory driling. View full technical report below.
This exploration has led to the awarding of Mining Licence (ML 215) by the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Namibia. The Licence covers Base and Rare Metals, Industrial Minerals and Precious Metals. The Licence area falls within the proximity of the Aukam Processing Plant and the Graphite bearing shear zone for a total of 5002 hectares (5002 ha). Securing the mining licence is a critical step towards moving the Aukam Mine into commercial production.
Aukam Graphite Project Square kilometres
Types of Natural Graphite
The Aukam Graphite Project is located in southern Namibia close to the port city of Luderitz. The property is comprised of Exclusive Prospecting Licenses (EPL) 3895, (EPL) 6710, (EPL) 7512 and (EPL) 7513 that cover an area of 141,600 hectares (1416 square kilometers) in the Karas region of southern Namibia. There is year-round road access to the Aukam project from paved Highway B4 that runs between Luderitz and Keetmanshoop via district gravel roads south from the Highway. The infrastructure in the area is good with nearby power from the national grid, water from underground aquifers and a rail link to Luderitz and Keetmanshoop adjacent to Highway B4 approximately 70 km north of the project.
In addition to the underground workings on the property, there are five surface stockpiles that remain from the historical mine-site. These stockpiles still contain significant graphite and assays of samples taken during detailed sampling on a 10m x 10m grid ranged between 3.98 and 57.07% Cg (carbon as graphite) and averaged 20.04% Cg.
- Luderitz Harbour – 500m cargo & container quay
- Paved Highway
- Rail Line
- 1.5 hr from Atlantic Ocean Shoreline
- Karas Region