Castle confident in Ghana graphite play

CASTLE Minerals’ renewed vigour for its flagship Kambale graphite project in Ghana over the past 18 months continues to advance the company towards an investment decision, with the explorer increasingly confident of delivering a significant resource update in the near term.
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Haydn Black

Reporter

Recent drilling has helped confirm that the deposit extends for 2.5km with "excellent grade continuity" along strike and at depth.
 
The latest assays included 86m at 8.2% total graphitic carbon from 104m, 53m at 11.5% TGC from 120m, and 9m at 11.4% from 3m, including 2m at 24%.
 
Managing director Stephen Stone said the recent 5335m RC drilling campaign would inform an update to the 15.6 million tonne at 9% for 1.41Mt contained graphite resource, and feed directly into a scoping study.
 
The drilling data follows recent metallurgical tests that produced a 95.1% TGC bulk fine graphite concentrate.
 
Castle is keen to get the project development ready to take advantage of an expected supply shortage later this decade, and has its sights set on the battery anode material market.
 
The company's 149sq.km licence contains 13 priority other targets it plans to test with auger drilling soon.
 
It made its first graphite discovery in Ghana a decade ago, but only resumed work in 2022 as the market for battery metals has heated up.
 
Castle is raising up to A$1 million via a share purchase plan at 1c, to top up its last reported cash position of $2 million. 
 
In addition to its legacy position in Ghana, Castle also has assets in Western Australia, and has just started drilling for lithium at Woodcutters, close to the Bald Hill mine. 
 
Castle shares were up 10% earlier today to 1.1c, capitalising the explorer at $14 million.