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Mkango Resources has indicated that it will from this June commence the third phase of drilling for rare earths at its exploration site on Songwe Hill.

According to a statement issued by the company, following receipt of the £6 million investment by Talaxis Limited in January 2018, the initial phases of the feasibility study for Songwe have commenced.

The statement further said preparation is well advanced for the largest diamond drilling programme to date at Songwe.

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“Drilling is targeted to commence within the next month, once all drill roads and pads are completed. The programme is for a minimum of 5,000 metres and will be focused on infill, step-out and geotechnical drilling, the latter for the purposes of mine design.

“The drill plan is based on a refined geological model developed in-house by Mkango’s technical team in consultation with The MSA Group and Bara Consulting, who have been appointed resource and mining consultants, respectively,” reads part of the statement.

Mkango said Cartwright Drilling has been appointed as drilling contractor, with a combined Canadian and Malawian drilling team to operate two diamond drill rigs both running 24 hours.

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“Over 50 drill pads are being constructed for the drill programme, as well as an enlarged camp to accommodate the larger team versus previous drill programmes,” the statement reads.

The statement also said in terms of other aspects of the feasibility study, metallurgical optimisation is underway at laboratories in Australia and Canada.

“The work programme has been scaled up following receipt of the Talaxis funding and is focused on flotation, hydrometallurgy and acid regeneration. The Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment are underway and being completed in accordance with World Bank Standards and Equator Principles,” the company said.

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