On the outskirts of Lilongwe, Australian-listed Sovereign Metals Limited is currently conducting a number of technical studies towards a feasibility study to determine the viability of developing the natural flake graphite deposit at Malingunde. The company is soliciting feedback and questions from the public as it develops the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment.
According to the company, in an email to interested stakeholders,
Studies undertaken to date indicate that the resource can yield approximately 44,000 tonnes of graphite concentrate per annum over an initial life-of-mine (LOM) of 17 years.
Should the feasibility studies prove that mining is viable, and a decision is taken by Sovereign during the last quarter of 2018 to proceed with the development of the mine, an application for a mining licence will be submitted to the Department of Mines. In addition, environmental authorisation from the Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) will be required in terms of the Environment Management Act (EMA), (Act No 19 of 2917) before development of the Project can proceed.
The company has made available a background information document in English (translated into Chichewa) that provide information on the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment that is being conducted as part of the feasibility studies.
Included in the document is a registration and comment form that will be considered in the draft scoping report. This will be available for review from March 2018.
Take a look at the background information document below and be sure to submit comments and questions if you have any.
- Background Information Document – English
- Background Information Document – Chichewa
- Registration and comment form
Visit Sovereign Metal’s website here.