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Akobo Minerals awards Peacocke and Simpson metallurgical testwork contract

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Akobo Minerals has awarded Peacocke and Simpson a contract for metallurgical testwork at the SEGELE project, an important step in preparation to start mining.

The metallurgical testwork forms a key part of the mining preparations and involves a series of laboratory tests to determine which series of equipment will most efficiently extract the gold from the mineralisation. From one mine to another, the nature of gold deposits varies greatly in their complexity, and each deposit required the extraction equipment to be carefully selected.

A bulk sample of over 200 kg, containing abundant visible gold from three new drill holes, has been dispatched to specialist gold metallurgical testwork laboratory Peacocke and Simpson (Pvt) Ltd. Testwork results are expected within weeks, leading to detailed plant design.

Akobo Minerals CEO, Jørgen Evjen, said: “As covered in our 2Q21 report, the scoping study will be released in the coming weeks and such a report is typically followed by prefeasibility studies. This metallurgical testwork forms a critical part of such prefeasibility studies and hence we are accelerating our mining studies ahead of schedule. We are very positive about the results of the scoping study and the prefeasibility study is likely to give us a very solid footing on which to predict cash flow. Additionally, we are pleased with the performance of the Midroc contract drill rig and excited to see the intersections as we explore the Segele mineralisation ever deeper. It is of course always encouraging to see visible gold from the three test holes drilled for this purpose.”

The choice to use Peacocke and Simpson is based on their long history working with similar projects throughout Africa. Peacocke and Simpson was established in 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe where a thriving small-scale mining industry has been ongoing for many decades. The company places an emphasis on gravity recovery, a sustainable and low-cost method considered highly likely to be suitable at Segele. Peacocke and Simpson is accredited to ISO9001 (2015).

After the testwork, Akobo Minerals will advance immediately to plant design, for that purpose Peacocke and Simpson has a strong partnership with Appropriate Process Technologies (Johannesburg, South Africa). APT have provided over 200 small and medium scale plants to over 23 countries since 2007.

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