Anson Resources recently purchased Rhodes Resources Pty Ltd, which is the sole holder of Ajana Graphite Project.
This new and exciting project is situated within the graphite prospective historic mining centre of Ajana. The tenement (E66/89) is located 130kms north of Geraldton and on the North West Coastal Highway.
Highlights of this project include
- Jumbo flake (>300 microns) and possible DSO graphite
- 4 Regional Prospects
- Mary Springs (rock chip/Mullock samples)
- Walcott (reprocessed historic EM targets)
- Geraldine, and
- Rock chips up to 16%TGC
- High grade metamorphism with hydrothermal alteration
- Graphite schist within a Proterozoic Gneiss
- Similar to Tanzanian graphite deposits currently being mined
- Located 130km from Geraldton port
- 100% ownership of the 97km² exploration licence.
Historical rock chip sampling has returned encouraging graphite assay results. The samples submitted which consisted of 40 – 50% by volume of graphite were collected at the Mary Springs Prospect.
Graphite is particularly exciting because of the discovery of graphene. Graphene is a single layer of graphite that is 200 times stronger than steel, as transparent as glass, flexible and can conduct electricity more efficiently than copper.
Graphene is tipped to change the way in which items such as computers, mobile phones and aviation components are produced. It has been described as a “phenomenal discovery” can be used to make flexible electronics, flexible batteries, touch screens, transparent conductive films, solar cells, fuel cells and so on. If is of particular interest in the production of batteries for electric vehicles.
Demand for graphite has greatly increased over the past ten years and demand will increase in the future.
The prospective ground contains occurrences of graphite schist within a Proterozoic gneissic geology. The Ajana area is dominated by the Proterozoic gneiss with conformable lenses of meta-sediment, pelitic gneiss, meta-quartzite, mafic gneiss and graphitic schist known as the Northampton Metamorphic Complex. This gneissic geological environment, typically hosts high grade graphite deposits in Western Australia and graphite deposits worldwide.
Rock chip results to date
Rock chips have been collected over the Ajana prospect and confirm graphite outcrops at locations throughout the tenement.
First pass rock chip sampling results are as follows
Reprocessing of historic geophysics has identified four prospective target areas at the Walcott Prospect. The target is based on the following:
- Logging graphite intervals from an historic diamond hold drilled by CRA, and
- Strong conductive anomalies from geophysics coincident with the CRA drill hole.
Regulatory approvals have been obtained for a drill program at this project. The program will consist of a combination of diamond and RD drilling at the Walcott Prospect, which has never previously been drilled for graphite. Two diamond holes are planned for approximately 300 metres and 25 RC holes for approximately 2,000 metres.
The objective of the drilling program is to confirm:
- The grade, width and strike extend of the main anomaly, and
- The large graphite flake size distributions which have been previously obtained at other areas of the project.
Figure 4 below shows the initial drill hole program at the Walcott Target 1 and Figure 5 below shows a cross of the target area.
Anson Resources has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Flinders University, Adelaide, to conduct testwork on Ajana graphite to produce graphene. To this end, samples of graphite taken from Ajana have been sent to Flinders University for analysis. Research work carried out has shown that:
- Pristine sheets of graphene could be produced, particularly, single layers;
- The graphene has shown to be uniform and defect free;
- Ajana graphite is said to be of very high quality resembling a highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) profile.