Madagascar

Molo Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeOpen Pit
Commodities
  • Graphite
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
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ShapshotThe Molo Graphite Mine in Madagascar is one of the largest known and highest-quality graphite resources globally, and the only one with SuperFlake® graphite. The Molo Graphite Mine has begun production, with Phase 1 mine operations currently undergoing ramp-up to reach its nameplate production capacity of 17,000 tpa of graphite concentrate.

Over 300 km of linear graphite mineralization has been identified on NextSource’s property surrounding the Molo project, providing virtually unlimited expansion opportunity to meet potential global demand and plans for a significant expansion to 150,000 tpa of SuperFlake™graphite concentrate are well advanced.

The FS considers an expansion to the Molo Graphite Mine’s current Phase 1 production capacity of 17,000 tonnes per annum (“tpa”) through the construction of an additional and standalone processing plant that increases the steady-state production rate to 150,000 tpa of SuperFlake® graphite concentrate over a 25-year life of mine.
Related AssetMolo Phase 2 expansion Project

Owners

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CompanyInterestOwnership
NextSource Materials Inc. 100 % Indirect
NextSource owns 100% of NextSource Materials (Mauritius) Ltd., a Mauritius subsidiary.

MATMAU owns 100% of NextSource Graphite (Mauritius) Ltd.

GRAMAU owns 100% of ERG (Madagascar) SARLU, a Madagascar subsidiary.

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Deposit type

  • Metamorphic

Summary:

The Molo deposit occurs within the regional Ampanihy Shear Zone. The most conspicuous feature of rocks found within this shear zone is their well-developed north-southfoliation and vertical to sub-vertical nature. Martelat et al. (2000) state that this observed bulk strain pattern is clearly related to a transpressional regime during bulk horizontal shortening of heated crust, which resulted in the exhumation of lower crustal material.

The Project area is underlain by supracrustal and plutonic rocks of late Neoproterozoic age that were metamorphosed under upper amphibolite facies and deformed with upright north- northeast-trending structures. The supracrustal rocks involve migmatitic (± biotite, garnet) quartzo-feldspathic gneiss, marble, chert, quartzite, and amphibolite gneiss. The metaplutonic rocks include migmatitic (± hornblende / diopside, biotite, garnet) feldspathic gneiss of monzodioritic to syenitic composition, biotite granodiorite, and leucogranite.

The Molo graphitic zone consists of multi-folded graphitic strata with a surficially exposed strike length of over two kilometers. Outcrop mapping and trenching on Molo has shown the surface geology to be dominated by resistant ridges of graphitic schist and graphitic gneiss, with fracture-lined vanadium mineralisation, as well as abundant graphitic schist float.

Geological modelling has shown that the deposit consists of various zones of mineralised graphitic gneiss, with a barren footwall composed of garnetiferous gneiss. The host rock of the mineralised zones is graphitic gneiss.

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Production

CommodityUnitsAvg. Annual (Projected)LOM (Projected)
Graphite kt 451,386
All production numbers are expressed as concentrate.

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