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. Recent work by the Company over the past two years 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.
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
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
Third party characterization and testing of the Aukam graphite shows that it is a premium quality crystalline vein graphite comparable in quality to other premium graphite sources available throughout the world.