- The Kihabe-Nxuu Project held by Mount Burgess Mining hosts several minerals, offering a wide range of opportunities.
- Germanium is witnessing a significant uptrend owing to its usage in the 5G telecommunication sector, infrared testing, LEDs, and solar cell applications.
- Mount Burgess believes that germanium could positively contribute to the project, owing to several sampled drill holes and germanium grades returned from the assay of selected drill holes.
ASX-listed exploration company Mount Burgess Mining NL (ASX: MTB) is committed to fast-tracking developments at its Botswana-based Kihabe-Nxuu project. The project is a polymetallic deposit hosting zinc, lead, silver, vanadium, vanadium pentoxide, and copper, providing the Company with a myriad of growth opportunities in the growing markets.
Notably, in addition to the above-mentioned elements, the Kihabe-Nxuu Project also contains germanium, as highlighted by the recent testwork conducted to identify the host mineral of germanium.
Germanium can prove quite significant for the project’s growth potential owing to its applications in a wide array of areas. It has positioned the Company in a dominant spot to leverage exciting market prospects.
Germanium paves the way for robust market opportunities
Germanium has served as one of the powerhouses when it comes to driving the growth of semiconductors, often used in transistors and other electronic devices. Germanium is also considered a technology-critical element due to its vitality in emerging technologies and advanced engineering applications.
Significantly, germanium is used in optical fibres, which allow fast data transfer rates and have telecommunication, computer networking, and remote sensing applications.
Germanium is also playing a significant role in facilitating the green transition on the back of its usage in solar cell applications and Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
The increased usage of thermometers during the COVID-19 outbreak has boosted germanium demand from the infrared sector. Moreover, the rapidly growing 5G telecommunication sector has further intensified the demand for germanium in recent years.
The recent uptrends are expected to exert pressure upon the existing germanium supply and may have a domino effect on germanium prices.
Overview of recent germanium exploration at Mount Burgess’ Project
The test work conducted by the Department of Geosciences at Naples University, Italy, has confirmed germanium’s association with iron hydroxide in the Kihabe Deposit, SW Zone. The Company has indicated the need for further test work on the iron hydroxide portion to ascertain the host mineral for germanium.
Unveiling germanium’s potential contribution to the Kihabe-Nxuu Project
The Company recently outlined germanium assay results from six drill holes assayed for germanium at the Kihabe Deposit SW Zone 1, stationed seven kilometres west of the Nxuu Deposit. Moreover, in August 2020, Mount Burgess had highlighted the results from all holes completely assayed for germanium at the Nxuu Deposit.
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Further assays have also been conducted to test for germanium on selected drill hole intersections without assaying the core samples of the entire drill holes. All the selected intersections confirmed the presence of germanium.
Mount Burgess has suggested the potential requirement for further drilling on the Kihabe Deposit, the Nxuu Deposit, as well as the Gossan anomaly. In addition, the company has also highlighted the need for assaying for germanium to confirm the overall contribution the element is set to make to the project.
The Company believes that germanium could make a positive contribution, given the number of sampled drill holes and germanium grades returned from all selected drill holes assayed.