Volt Operational Update


Volt provides an update in relation to a number of key corporate and operational developments.

Solid progress made with Environmental Impact Assessment – Mining Licence Application well advanced

  • Discussions progressing with two potential Chinese offtake customers
  • Testwork of Bunyu product underway
  • Development funding negotiations progressing with potential financiers
  • Bunyu Project expected to be in production within 12 to 18 months

Tanzanian focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources Limited (ASX: VRC) (“Volt” or “the Company”) provides the following update in relation to a number of key corporate and operational developments.


Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Mining Licence Application

Volt is making significant progress in Tanzania, with the ESIA report for the Bunyu Graphite Project expected to be finalised within the next few weeks and lodged with the Minister of Environment.

The completion of this process is a key step towards submission of the Mining Licence Application for Stage 1 production at the Bunyu Project. Volt expects the Mining Licence Application to be lodged before calendar year end.


Agreements with Chinese Groups Progressing

Volt confirms positive discussions are progressing with China National Building Materials General Machinery (CNBMGM: see ASX Announcement “Cooperation agreement with China’s largest building materials group” dated 16 June 2017) and Guangxing Electrical Materials (GEM: ASX Announcement “Offtake agreement with major graphite distributor” dated 23 June 2017).

 Flotation Optimisation Testwork

Figure 1: Flotation Optimisation Testwork currently in progress at Xinhai Laboratory, Yantai, China

Product samples have been sent to both groups to enable independent testing on the Bunyu graphite product.

Additional samples are also being arranged for Volt’s other off-take partners, including AOYU Graphite Group. Assuming the product testwork is successful, then offtake agreements totalling 15,000 – 20,000 tonnes per annum could be confirmed in the fourth quarter.

Furthermore, Volt is undertaking process flowsheet testwork in conjunction with Battery Limits and its partner Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology and Equipment Inc in China to optimise the processing and grade/recovery for graphite products.

This testwork builds on the knowledge gained from graphite market end-users about their product requirements and is being incorporated into the Bunyu project flowsheet design.

Project Development Funding Update

Management continues to progress project development funding discussions with potential financiers in the Middle East and with other financial institutions globally. CEO Trevor Matthews visited Dubai and Muscat in late July as part of this process, and the Company looks forward to providing further updates on this process in due course.


Chief Executive Officer, Trevor Matthews commented:

Trevor Matthews“Volt is fast-tracking the Stage 1 Development of our Bunyu Graphite Project, with a pathway now in place to have the project in production within the next 12-18 months.

“Product testing is well underway and we are advancing with our Chinese partners in a cooperative manner. Our aim is to materialise these relationships into binding offtake agreements in the vicinity of 15,00020,000tpa, underpinning the Stage 1 Development of Bunyu.

“The Company looks forward to providing further updates on both corporate and operational progress in the near-term.”


For and on behalf of Volt Resources Limited

Trevor Matthews
Chief Executive Officer


For further information please contact:

Trevor Matthews – Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +61 8 9486 7788

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