Alexander Lemon, President of Mkango, said: “We are delighted to have been granted the Mchinji exploration licence, which strengthens the Company’s strategic licence position in Malawi. We are commencing a full historical data review to identify exploration targets, and look forward to updating shareholders on this new licence in due course.”
Mkango Resources Ltd. (AIM/TSX-V: MKA) (the “Company” or “Mkango”), is pleased to announce that it has been granted a new Exclusive Prospecting License (EPL0544/19) (the “Mchinji” license) in Mchinji district, central Malawi.
The Mchinji licence covers an area of 868.69 km2 and is adjacent to licences with known mineral potential including the Company’s Chimimbe Hill nickel-cobalt licence to the south. A map showing the location of the licence can be accessed via the following link:
Mkango will evaluate all historical data over the Mchinji licence area for exploration targets in the context of geophysical data produced by a countrywide airborne survey completed by the World Bank in 2016. Exploration will focus on nickel-cobalt, gold, base metals, and graphite.
The evaluation of the licence will be funded from the Company’s existing working capital.
Mchinji Exploration Licence
The Mchinji licence has been granted for the exploration of nickel, cobalt, gold, base metals, graphite, Platinum Group Metals, ilmenite, vanadium, chrome, uranium, rare earth elements and other minerals. The licence is initially awarded for a three-year term, after which it can be renewed twice for further two-year periods with a 50% reduction in the licence size required with each renewal.
Scientific and technical information contained in this release has been approved and verified by Dr. Scott Swinden of Swinden Geoscience Consultants Ltd, who is a “Qualified Person” in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 -Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
The feasibility study for the Songwe Hill Rare Earths project continues in parallel, fully funded by strategic partner, Talaxis Limited, a subsidiary of Noble Group.
For more information, please visit www.mkango.ca
About Mkango Resources Limited
Mkango’s primary business is exploration for rare earth elements and associated minerals in the Republic of Malawi, a country whose hospitable people have earned it a reputation as “the warm heart of Africa”. The Company holds interests in four exclusive prospecting licences in Malawi: the Phalombe licence, the Thambani licence, the Chimimbe Hill and Mchinji licences.
The main exploration target in the 51% held Phalombe licence is the Songwe Hill rare earths deposit. This features carbonatite-hosted rare earth mineralisation and was subject to previous exploration in the late 1980s. Mkango completed an updated Pre-Feasibility Study for the project in November 2015 and a Feasibility Study is currently underway, the initial phases of which included a 10,900 metre drilling programme and an updated mineral resource estimate, announced in February 2019. In March 2019, the Company announced receipt of a £7 million (C$12.3 million) investment from Talaxis to fund completion of the Feasibility Study. Following completion of the Feasibility Study, Talaxis has an option to acquire a further 26% interest in Songwe by arranging financing for project development including funding the equity component thereof.
The main exploration targets in Mkango’s remaining two 100% held licences are, in the Thambani licence, uranium, niobium, tantalum and zircon and, in the Chimimbe Hill licence, nickel and cobalt.
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