The Katanga Regional Project isconsidered prospective for lithium, base metal and rare earths, and comprises seven exploration licences within the mid-Proterozoic Kibaran Belt in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo known to host lithium bearing pegmatites.
Location of Licences
The Licences are located in essentially three clusters within the Katanga province. The first cluster (of three licences) is located approximately 100km to the south/south west of the historical Manono mine surrounding the town of Mulongo, the second and single licence some 50km east of Manono and the third cluster of three licences, approximately 250km north/north east of Manono. The licences have a total land areal coverage of approximately 1,172km2.
The Licences all lay within the highly prospective mid-Proterozoic Kibaran Belt which stretches for over 1,000 km through Katanga and into southwest Uganda. The belt strikes predominantly SW-NE and is truncated by the N-S to NNW-SSE trending Western Rift system.
The geology of the Licences is not well documented, however there are several reports from local geologists of pegamatite outcropping within the host quartzitic mica schists of the Lower Kibaran within some of the licences. Others exhibit encouraging geology with potential for pegmatites.
Historic Regional and Project Activity
Historically, the region has been mined for tin and tantalum including “coltan”. To the Company’s knowledge, there has been no sampling or drilling activity on the Licences by previous licence holders. To date, the Company has completed site visits to four of the licences.
Lithologies encountered within the two most prospective permits are typical Kibarian system rocks consisting of sedimentary metamorphics especially quartzites, micaschists, pegmatites as well as a sandstone sequence similar to those found near Manono.
Results from initial sampling show anomalism, within heavily weathered terrain, is low level and usually running within 2 to 3 times background for the elements of interest. Anomalous levels of LiO2 (4x background), Zn,Sn, Ta and rare earthswere reported. The results are indicative of pegmatite intrusives with a REE signature accompanied by weakly elevated Sn levels. The Company now plans to complete further detailed mapping and sampling.