BlackEarth Minerals (ASX:BEM) to Get Drill Rods Re-Spinning at Maniry Graphite Project


  • Initial diamond drilling program at Maniry Graphite Project is set to commence next week.
  • Trenching activities in the Razafy Northwest area are in their final stages.
  • The aim is to increase the existing high-grade resource inventory at the project by Q3 2021.

Critical commodity developer BlackEarth Minerals NL (ASX:BEM) has once again set the exploration wheels into motion at its southern Madagascar-based Maniry Graphite Project. The Company has kicked off exploration activities, with trenching activities nearing completion in the Razafy Northwest area.

The Company will shortly get the high-grade drilling campaign off the ground at its Maniry Project after the finalisation of planning, trenching and logistics.

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The fast-track project development seems to be encouraged by the outcomes from Stage 2 Maniry Graphite Pilot program. The pilot program returned premium high-grade results including average Fixed Carbon level of 96.77% for jumbo and large flake product.

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A Snapshot of the 1,000m Drilling Campaign

The proposed 1,000m diamond drilling program will target Razafy Northwest, a high priority target identified by trenching work completed in Q1 2019. The drilling program aims to increase the existing total JORC resource of 20.2Mt at 6.51% by the September quarter this year.

Orezone Drilling Madagascar SARL, boasting a global footprint in mining exploration activities, has been commissioned by BlackEarth to undertake the drilling campaign. Orezone, specialising in both underground and surface operations, has conducted all earlier drilling activities at the project for BlackEarth.

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Additional drillholes will be completed during the drilling program to confirm the northern strike of the area while potentially enhancing the volume along strike.

Further trenching activities, proven to be a highly valuable exploration technique, for understanding the exploration potential of the Maniry region is also planned.

Source: BEM ASX Update, dated 4 May 2021

All exploration works are scheduled to be undertaken within BlackEarth’s Exploration Target area containing an estimated 260Mt-380Mt at 6-8% TGC.

Additional personnel and equipment are mobilising to the site with drilling slated to commence next week.

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Management Comment

BlackEarth Managing Director Tom Revy stated that the Company is excited to be back drilling at the Maniry Project next week. The drilling program is targeting the high-grade Razafy Northwest area and aims to expand on the existing Maniry JORC Resource while further improving the Company’s geological understanding of the project.

Mr Revy indicated that the priority drilling program is expected to run for approximately six weeks. Furthermore, the targeted program clearly aims towards:

  • Identifying high-grade zones capable of further enhancing the NPV/IRR of the project.
  • Increasing the overall mineral resource inventory of the Company.
  • Gaining further technical insight into the current Razafy Domain, currently extending beyond 5km.

BEM traded at AU$0.130 on 5 May 2021.

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