Bench-mining Program Enters Full Mining Phase After Completion of Road Construction at Aukam
October 12, 2022 / Gratomic Inc. (“Gratomic”, “GRAT,” or the “Company”) (TSXV:GRAT) (OTCQX:CBULF) (FSE:CB82) is pleased to announce that the recent bench-mining program at its Aukam Graphite Mine in Namibia is entering full capacity as road construction on the mountain has been successfully completed. The benching process typically involves successively cutting berms alongside the mountain edge in order to steadily expose underground material, at the same time ensuring the stability of the mountain structure. This process allows for the collection of graphite in stages as the platforms are constructed on the Aukam mountain.
The road construction that includes the ring road connection was completed this week. The road will allow access to three potential platforms that will enhance the exploration program and the bench mining operations. The upper bench for mining operations for graphite extraction is already operational.
The access road is necessary for the exploration and mining teams to access the mineral housed within the Aukam mountain in a safe, efficient, and effective manner. Road construction and early bench-mining were underway simultaneously, however, at lesser amounts of mineral extraction. Completion of the access road paves the way for the exploration and drilling teams to strategically locate and liberate graphite in unison and provides much needed data for the completion of technical reports on the Aukam Graphite Project.
Arno Brand, President & CEO, states, “Achieving this goal is extremely satisfying as this is what we, at Gratomic, have collectively been working towards. The excitement over this milestone is tangible and we are very proud of our team at Aukam and grateful for the continued support of our valued shareholders.”
“The corporate culture at Gratomic is unique; we work together to overcome obstacles and celebrate together when milestones are achieved. Our mining team has once again gone above and beyond what we expected. These are inspiring individuals and an inspiring team”, says Armando Farhate, COO & Head of Graphite Marketing & Sales.
Gratomic wishes to emphasize that no Preliminary Economic Analysis, Preliminary Feasibility Study or Feasibility Study has been completed to support any level of production. In fact, no mineral resources let alone mineral reserves demonstrating economic viability and technical feasibility, have been delineated on the Aukam property.
The Company is working towards completing a Feasibility Study (FS) on the Aukam Processing plant. The study, its recommendations, and their subsequent implementation, will provide conclusions and recommendation at a FS level of comfort relating to the scale up of the existing processing plant to a commercial scale processing facility capable of producing the desired concentrate grades and production rates.
Gratomic wishes to emphasize that the supply of graphite is conditional on Gratomic being able to bring the Aukam project into a production phase, and for any graphite being produced to meet certain technical and mineralization requirements.
No mineral resources, let alone mineral reserves demonstrating economic viability and technical feasibility, have been delineated on the Aukam Property. The Company is not in a position to demonstrate or disclose any capital and/or operating costs that may be associated with the processing plant until the FS (Feasibility Study) is completed.
The Company advises that it has not based its production decision on even the existence of mineral resources let alone on a Preliminary Feasibility Study or FS of mineral reserves, demonstrating economic and technical viability, and, as a result, there may be an increased uncertainty of achieving any particular level of recovery of minerals or the cost of such recovery, including increased risks associated with developing a commercially mineable deposit.
Historically, such projects have a much higher risk of economic and technical failure. There is no guarantee that production will begin as anticipated or at all or that anticipated production costs will be achieved.
Failure to commence production would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s ability to generate revenue and cash flow to fund operations. Failure to achieve the anticipated production costs would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s cash flow and future profitability.
Gratomic is a multinational company with projects in Namibia, Brazil, and Canada. The Company is focused on becoming a leading global graphite supplier and aims to secure a strong position in the EV battery supply chain. With the continued development of its flagship Aukam project and further exploration on the Company’s Capim Grosso property, Gratomic sets itself apart by seeking out unique top-quality assets around the world. True to its roots, the Company will continue to explore graphite opportunities displaying potential for development. The Company ranked third place in the top 10 preforming mining stocks on the 2022 TSX Venture 50™.
Large quantities of high-quality vein graphite have been shipped for testing to confirm its viability as an anode material. Gratomic is confident that the test results will provide a unique competitive advantage in its desired target markets. The Company will continue to update the public on the status of these tests and will provide results as soon as they become available.
The Company has formed a collaboration agreement with Forge Nano. With its patented ALD coating, this cooperation with Forge Nano is a key element to support Gratomic’s strategies towards the value-added phases of production of graphite for anode applications, namely micronization, spheronization and coating, making Gratomic graphite a preferred choice for use in lithium-ion batteries.
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