THE first stage of the exploration program at Triton Minerals’ graphite project in Mozambique has begun, with equipment on the way and staff on the ground at the Balama North prospect in the Cabo Delgado province.
The Balama North licence is expected to be highly prospective because of its proximity to known graphite mineralisation, such as that of Syrah Resources’ Balama East deposit, which lies about 3km southeast of the licence boundary.
In March, Triton and joint venture partner Grafex Limited appointed Jigsaw Geoscience to assist with the initial mapping, soil sampling and trenching program, with an emphasis on the Balama North licence and high priority zones.
The information collected during the first phase will allow the joint venture partners to further delineate and categorise the licence’s anomalous zones, aiding in the planning and
execution of the drilling program which is scheduled for later this year. Triton has successfully obtained the field supplies and equipment necessary to complete the program.
Discussions with neighbouring licence holders about site access and shared use of equipment could reduce overheads and time.
“Discussions are underway with neighbouring licence holders about potential synergies which may benefit all parties,” Triton managing director Brad Boyle said.
“The sharing of exploration and drilling equipment would be a great way for the company to save time and money.
“Triton is optimistic about enhancing these established relationships and looks forward to further cooperation between parties.”
Following the initial exploration activities, a smaller scale program consisting of soil sampling and mapping will be completed at the Ancuabe prospect, which currently has limited access due to rapid ground cover growth over the wet season.
According to Triton, access will improve substantially over the coming months as the dry season sets in.