Energizer Resources Inc. is pleased to provide a summary of the milestones achieved over the past 18 months and the current status on its flagship Molo Graphite Project in Madagascar.
Feasibility Study in Progress
After completing a private placement on January 15th of this year, Energizer launched a Feasibility Study (FS) through its EPCM contractor, DRA, which is Africa's leading mine engineering and construction company. As part of this study the following work has been completed:
- Discussions with Madagascar-based contractors regarding fuel, logistics, equipment, civil engineering and earthworks.
- 29 infill diamond drill holes and 16 trenches to elevate a portion of Molo Graphite Project's Canadian National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 compliant indicated resource to measured status.
- 3-D variability test work drilling with 4 diamond drill holes.
- 9 geotechnical holes for quantification of rock mechanics.
- Detailed topographic surveying for pit shell modeling, civil works and hydrogeological analysis.
- Topsoil thickness survey over deposit (deposit found to be covered by a thin veneer of soil averaging a thickness of 0.8 metres).
- Hydrogeological test work over the deposit, including a resistivity survey and water sample analysis.
Richard Schler, Energizer's Chief Executive Officer stated, "We look forward to building on the substantial progress we have achieved over the past months in advancing our Molo Graphite Project, which included the completion of an operational pilot plant run as part of our Molo Feasibility Study. I believe this will be an exciting year for Energizer as we work towards achieving the important milestones of securing both mine financing and off-take agreements. Although we have been very active over the past few months pursuing these initiatives, they are tasks that do not easily lend themselves to providing regular news flow. With the recent positive developments in the global flake graphite market centering around lithium-ion batteries for electrical vehicles and large scale energy storage, I believe that conditions are ideal to support the rapid advancement of the Molo Graphite Project".
Feasibility Study Progress Builds Upon Milestone Accomplishments
- In November 2012, Energizer announced its NI 43-101 resources estimate with 9,246m of drilling, establishing the Molo as one of the largest known, all-flake graphite deposits in the world;
- 84.0Mt Indicated @ 6.36% carbon (C).
- 40.3Mt Inferred @ 6.29%C.
- On February 26, 2013, Energizer announced the positive results of a PEA study, indicating robust economics: $421 Million USD Pre-tax NPV discounted @ 10%; 48% Internal rate of return (IRR); 3-year payback; $162 Million USD Capital cost.
- On October 21, 2013, Energizer announced the signing of a Letter of Intent with Caterpillar Mining Finance regarding project financing loan arrangements for the Molo mine.
- On November 6, 2013, Energizer announced the results of GDMS analysis testing by SGS Canada Inc, the highest level of analytical testing possible, and confirmed that the Molo graphite concentrate can achieve an ultra-high purity of greater than 99.9%. The hydrometallurgical purification test used conventional leach technology.
- On November 20, 2013, Energizer announced the appointment of Robin Borley, B.Tech, Mining Engineering as a Board Director and Senior Vice President of Mine Development. Mr. Borley served previously as Mining Director for DRA.
- On January 15, 2014, Energizer announced that it had closed a private placement of 61,204,067 common share units at a price of $0.12 for gross proceeds of C$7,344,488
- On January 31, 2014, Energizer announced the robust results from the completion of a large scale pilot plant operation. Over 13 tonnes of Molo graphite concentrate was produced and results confirmed that a significant portion (43.5%) of the flake size distribution is classified as "large" and "jumbo-flake", 78.3% of Molo flake meets the minimum required size to produce battery-grade graphite and up to 97.7% purity can be achieved. through simple flotation alone. These pilot plant results were superior to those released in the Company's positive PEA study.
- On April 16, 2014, Energizer announced it finalized the purchase of the remaining 25% interest in the Molo Graphite Project from joint venture partner Malagasy Minerals Limited. This now gives the Company 100% ownership of the Molo Graphite Project area and a 100% interest to all of the industrial mineral rights within the acquired property, which totals 940 square kilometres (363 square miles).
Energizer is targeting the following key milestones:
- Upgrading the Molo resource from Indicated to Measured status by Q3 2014;
- Completion of full feasibility study by Q4 2014;
- Completion of partnership and financing agreements, which are currently ongoing.
- Application for mining permit in Q4 2014 upon completion of the FS;
- Estimated construction schedule of 12-16 months following the securing of mine permitting and financing. Project commissioning is targeted to begin in Q2/Q3 of 2016.