The installation of the screening operation at the Aukam Farm has been tested and is ready for operation. Graphite-bearing rock from the Company’s heaps will be screened starting on July 15. The screening is occurring under the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) currently being undertaken on the property. The oversized graphitic lump material and graphite fines will be tested for purity and deleterious elements, sorted and then retained on site in a stockpile for future processing. The setup, testing and use of the screening operation was completed one week ahead of schedule and is expected to screen and test 500 tons of material through August 30.
“This begins the important stage of our Phase II testing we recently announced,” began Cliff Bream, Next Graphite’s CEO. “While the initial results of our Phase 1 testing were encouraging, we will adhere to the highest standards in the market and continually evaluate the size and purity of the natural flake graphite on our property. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality natural flake graphite to the market our mine can produce,” Mr. Bream concluded.
Next Graphite, Inc. is an exploration/development stage company targeting the growing global graphite production industry with the Company’s 125,000-acre Africa-based Aukam Graphite Site. The Aukam Graphite Mine was established in 1940 in the current Republic of Namibia, produced USD$30 million of graphite at today’s prices. The Graphite property is estimated to still contain a significant amount of high grade, vein type graphitic material. Global graphite demand is being driven by the development of new markets for clean and efficient energy alternatives, smart grid infrastructure and military capabilities. Next Graphite has an immediately available, surface-visible, estimated 180,000-ton tailing heap along with competitive projected mining and processing costs. The completion of GPNE’s Aukam Graphite Mine re-launch and development activities is expected to result in a multi-million dollar inward investment into Namibia in 2014-2015.
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