84 Screened Samples Tested by Gecko Laboratories
Un-screened Stockpiles Reported to Contain 35% Graphite
NEW YORK, NY and WINDHOEK, Namibia / ACCESSWIRE / October 28, 2014 / Next Graphite, Inc. (OTCQB: GPNE) ("Next Graphite", "GPNE" or the "Company"), an exploration/development stage company in Africa's Republic of Namibia targeting the growing global graphite production industry and market demand, today announced its graphite grading and testing results from the Company's bulk screening program. Next Graphite's bulk testing program was conducted by Gecko Laboratories in Namibia.
Gecko Laboratories is an independent metallurgical testing company based in Swakopamund, Namibia. Samples of screened and unscreened graphite bearing rock were collected from the Company's 140,000 metric tonne on-site heaps. Tests carried out on 84 samples from the bulk screening phase graded an average of 41.58 % graphite. 95% of samples tested to date range from 32% to 69% graphite content with the highest sample recorded at 82% graphite. Additionally, GPNE tested a representative sample collected from its 350 metric tonne fines stockpile. This unscreened sample graded 35% graphite content.
"Our testing phase and preliminary results from Gecko Laboratories is a significant validation and milestone at our Aukum site," began Cliff Bream, CEO of Next Graphite. "We will continue our testing and begin more detailed, flotation testing on our samples and then report these new findings to our shareholders. With these preliminary results in hand, we will continue our testing at SGS Labs in Canada to also evaluate the processing equipment and mining options needed to commercialize our on-site graphite, at the highest price we can obtain from the market."
About Next Graphite, Inc.:
Next Graphite, Inc. is an exploration/development stage company targeting the growing global graphite production industry with the Company's 125,000-acre Africa-based Aukam Graphite Project. The Aukam Graphite Mine was established in 1940 in the current Republic of Namibia, produced USD$30 million of graphite at today's prices. The Graphite property is estimated to still contain a significant amount of high grade, vein type graphitic material. Global graphite demand is being driven by the development of new markets for clean and efficient energy alternatives, smart grid infrastructure and military capabilities. Next Graphite has an immediately available, surface-visible, estimated 140,000-ton mine dump along with competitive projected mining and processing costs. The completion of GPNE's Aukam Graphite Mine re-launch and development activities are expected to result in a multi-million dollar inward investment into Namibia in 2014-2015.
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