British firm commences diamond drilling in Zim

HARARE - British miner Premier African Minerals (Premier) said it has commenced an extensive diamond drilling programme on its Zulu Lithium Project in Zimbabwe.

The programme, which Premier said will be on the largest undeveloped lithium-enriched resource in Zimbabwe, is aimed at testing for strike and depth extensions of the 3,5 kilometre surface strike length and to establish a maiden resource.

This comes amid indications that Zimbabwe is the world’s fifth largest lithium producer and the only lithium producer on the African continent

Premier chief executive George Roach said the company will review its strategic options for the development of the project with possible options of strategic partnerships and separate listing for Zulu Lithium.

“We believe that the potential scale and size of Zulu is analogue to other world-class spodumene and pegmatite deposits hence we believe that the project has the potential to be a company making asset,” he said.

The London Stock Exchange-listed multi-commodity miner said it had contracted mining development consultant David Lennigas to review the operations of its Zulu Lithium prior to the implementation of new mine development plans.

Premier, which also mines tungsten in north western Zimbabwe, is a natural resource development company focused on southern and western Africa.

Comments (3)

Your headline is about diamonds while the content is about Lithium?

Alan - 21 September 2016

@Alan diamond drilling is the process of sampling for mineral contents in a given rock/ore.

Dlodlo - 21 September 2016

They use diamond coated drill for drilling the borehole tests

Chasura - 21 September 2016

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