Tantalum-Niobium deposit Epembe
Gecko Exploration holds Exclusive Prospecting License (EPL3299) and a Mineral Deposit Retention License (MDRL) covering the Epembe Tantalum deposit in the Kunene Region.
The tantalum-niobium mineralisation at Epembe in northern Namibia was discovered by the team of Epembe Minerals, now a subsidiary of Gecko Exploration, in 2011. Exploration is at an advanced stage with about USD2.5m already spent. Substantial work has been undertaken including approximately 12,000 m of drilling and metallurgical bench scale testing.
The deposit represents a very large source of conflict-free tantalum with no barriers to development and shows great potential for stable, multi-decade tantalum mining with niobium as a by-product and phosphate credits.
A proof of concept resource (non-JORC) over a small portion of the structure was established in 2014. Drilling confirmed the general anomalous tantalum concentration throughout the carbonatite structure. Current work focuses on improvement of the processing flow sheet with first-pass XRF (RADOS) and XRT (TOMRA) run-of-mine sorting tests, both of which obtained very positive results.
The infrastructure is ready for development including power (33kVA) through the project area and proximity to Ruacana hydro station (240MW, 330kVA lines). Water can be sourced from the Kunene River and excellent road infrastructure connects the project with rail and the international port of Walvis Bay. The project is entirely located on government owned communal land with good community support.