Sama Resources Inc. (TSXV:SME) obtained a license (PR A2013/090, decree A2003/4543/MMG/SGG) to explore for graphite over a 380 square km land package, on its 100% owned project, The Graphite Project, located in West Africa. The 380 square km land package includes well exposed graphite mineralization at surface over a 7 km strike length with samples grading up to 16.8% Carbon.
As quoted in the press release:
The Graphite license was granted following an initial reconnaissance performed under a Reconnaissance Permit No. 2013/002/MMG/DNM.
The Graphite Project is 100% owned by Sama Resources Guinea SARL, a fully owned subsidiary of the Company. The Graphite Project is located near the town of Lola in eastern Guinea and within 50 km from the border with Côte d’Ivoire. The Graphite Project lies within what Sama believes to be West Africa’s next world-class base metals camp related to the recently outlined large Yacouba Layered Complex which hosts the Samapleu Nickel-Copper-Palladium deposits, the Sama’s 27 newly discovered Nickel-Cobalt-Scandium laterite deposits and occurrences in Guinea, the Glencore-Xstrata Sipilou and Foungouesso Nickel-Cobalt laterite deposits in Côte d’Ivoire along with Sama’s numerous massive chromite occurrences as well.
Preliminary field investigation has outlined a 7 km long Achaean age graphitic gneiss oriented north-south with an average width of 350 metres (“m”). Graphite mineralization is well exposed at surface on its entire strike length with sample grades ranging from trace to up to 17% of large flakes and often seen in higher concentration agglomerates.
Chemical analysis performed on nine samples collected from surface down to 8.4 m at depth returned percentage of Carbon (%Cp) ranging from 3.5% to 11.5%. Samples were assayed for graphitic carbon by ALS Chemex laboratory in Val d’Or, Québec, Canada using C-IR18 methodology (LECO followed by acid digestion and sorting).
Preliminary metallurgical tests performed at the Centre de Technologie Minérale et de Plasturgie in Thetford-Mines, Québec, Canada on representative samples, grading from 2.8% to 16.8% carbon, showed that 80% of graphite flakes are sized greater than 0.25 millimetre and 50% greater than 1.0 millimetre. The study also indicates that there is a trend of higher carbon distribution in the higher flakes size.