A consortium of Savannah Resources and the Rio Tinto mining groups will begin extracting heavy sand samples in Inhambane, southern Mozambique, to produce concentrate under the pre-feasibility study of the Mutamba project, which began in mid-2017, Savannah said in a recent market filing.
The Mutamba consortium was set up at the end of 2016 by the Savannah Resources group, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market, (AIM) its 100% controlled subsidiary AME East Africa Ltd and Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto, which some time ago sold the coal assets it had in Mozambique to a consortium made up of state-owned groups in India.
AME East Africa Ltd acts as operator of the Mutama project through its subsidiary Matilda Minerals.
The group’s chief executive, David Archer, said in the statement that the launch of the testing unit is “an important step” but added that the Inhambane project is still at an early stage.
However, Savannah Resources group has, however, announced very positive results at the Mina do Barroso lithium mining project in Portugal, including a discovery of a 100-metre continuous lithium mineralisation.
The group has already carried out 66 test drills with a combined length of 5,558 metre and initial results confirm the high potential of the mine, “where some of the best lithium deposits in Europe can be found.” (macauhub)