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Sinomine Group Officially Received the First Petalite Products from Arcadia



Recently, Sinomine Resource Group received the first petalite products from its shareholding partner, Prospect Resources Ltd. In Australia. The delivery was made on-site at a ceremony hosted by the Minister of State for Mashonaland East, Honourable Aplonia Munzverengwi with the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Honourable Winston Chitando, as the Guest of Honour. Mr. Wang Zhenhua, the CEO assistant and GM of Sinomine Zimbabwe Brach accepted the sample on behalf of Sinomine Group. 

    The close proximity of the Arcadia Project to the country’s capital, Harare, provides significant advantages, which have already been utilised to successfully execute on the Pilot Plant project through development and into production. The Arcadia pilot plant design accordingly embraced the technical study outcomes and implemented a 2-stage crushing plant and a single DMS plant capable of producing technical grade petalite products. A coarse fraction of size envelope 5mm x 1.7mm was selected as the optimum crush size for recovery of technical grade petalite product. The pilot plant can also be repurposed to process the fines fraction (<1.7mm) and produce chemical grade petalite product. The pilot plant first ore feed came from the blasted section of the main pegmatite (MP) ore body which constitutes >16% of the Arcadia total ore body and based on the 2.4Mtpa DFS size pit development, more than 31% of the first 5 years ore supply will be from the MP ore body.


    PSC plans to produce, and then ship sizeable volumes of technical grade petalite product to both Sinomine and other clients for on-delivery to customers across Europe and Asia, where Arcadia’s petalite is set to be utilised by customers in their respective production runs to provide product qualification processes through the second half of 2021.