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Kanyika Niobium Project

Niobium is added to steel to enable steel mills to produce high-margin products through enhanced flexibility, weight reduction and strength. Even though more than 90% of niobium is used in steel, niobium consumption has been growing at twice that of steel for the last 20 years.
 

The Kanyika Niobium Project in Malawi is Globe’s most advanced project aiming to produce high purity niobium pentoxide and tantalum pentoxide powders.

In 2013 the Board approved a demonstration plant to further optimise process design and reduce project risk. The focus of the pilot plant is to validate bench‐scale testing results obtained during the optimisation phase of the Kanyika Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), and also to validate engineering data for plant design.

The Kanyika bulk sample is located at the Guangzhou Research Institute of Non-Ferrous Metallurgy (GZRINM) and the pilot plant is in progress.  The mineral concentrate produced from this pilot plant exercise will be used for further downstream metallurgical testing and production of marketing samples. Preliminary samples have been collected and mineralogical work is currently underway at a metallurgical laboratory in Perth to support optimisation efforts. Progress and interim results of the pilot plant will be reported when available.

In light of the later than anticipated start of the programme, pilot plant testing is now scheduled to be completed in Q3, 2014 with reports and testing data to be issued at completion.

The Government of Malawi (GoM) has stated that the DA negotiations are continuing in good faith.  Development Agreement negotiations were undertaken in May 2014. It was concluded that the negotiations cannot be finalised until Globe has completed the metallurgical test work currently underway in China as this has a major bearing on the chosen process route - smelter or refinery. The Government of Malawi requested another meeting in September 2014 when the test work will be complete.
 

Table 1: Mineral Resource Estimate for Kanyika (1,500 ppm Nb2O5 lower cut).


Table 2: Mineral Resource Estimate for Kanyika (3,000 ppm Nb2O5 lower cut).



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Rock Chip and Soil Location Map June 2014
Oblique view of Kanyika mineralisation incorporating the high-grade mineralised zones. 29 June 2010
Plan view of Kanyika drilling. 2007 - 2009
Cross section through 6597050mN, Milenje North. 13 Jan 2009
RC drilling at Kanyika. 2007
Laying out samples at Kanyika. 2008
Laying out samples at Kanyika. 2008
Kanyika Niobium Project. Dec 2011
Logging and sampling of RC chips. 2009
Logging RC chips. 2009
Kanika Vegetable Patch
Boart Longyear conducts drilling at Kanyika.2009
Grading the Kanyika Chataloma Road
Kanyika Drilling Crew
Sunset at Kanyika. Feb 2012
Upgraded camp accommodation at Kanyika. Dec 2011
Baraka our Kanyika camp chef. Feb 2012
Local transport at Kanyika. Feb 2012
Pump testing in progress
RC drilling at Kanyika
Diesel tank at Kanyika Camp. Feb 2012
Dries Kruger, General Manager Africa with Kanyika team members. Feb 2012
Community Meeting at Kanyika. Feb 2012
Community Meeting at Kanyika. Feb 2012
University students visit Kanyika.
Kanyika Niobium Project. Dec 2011