Visit to Zambia and the United Arab Emirates, 30/10 to 17/11 2022

Mitchell, C.J. ORCID: 2022 Visit to Zambia and the United Arab Emirates, 30/10 to 17/11 2022. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 15pp. (OR/22/068) (Unpublished)

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Securing the supply of battery raw materials, such as graphite, is a key focus for global economies in their drive to decarbonise. Diversification of available graphite resources has lead to a resurgence of mineral exploration in Africa, particularly eastern Africa. There are many other countries in Africa, such as Zambia, where graphite resources are known to occur but where there are no modern classification compliant resource estimates or mineral exploration data. As part of the International Geoscience Research & Development (IGRD) programme of the British Geological Survey (BGS), a research project on graphite resources in Africa is being conducted with an initial focus on resources in Zambia. This report describes the visit to Zambia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) carried out by Clive Mitchell, Industrial Minerals Geologist from the BGS in November 2022 as part of this research. A presentation on graphite in Africa was given at the 10th Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference and exhibition (ZIMEC) which took place in Kitwe, Zambia on 1st and 2nd November 2022. Attendance at the conference was pivotal in re-establishing contact with key research collaboration partners in Zambia. The presentation drew attention to the presence of the largely unexplored flake graphite resources in Zambia. The presentation is available here: Graphite in Africa: Carbon for Decarbonisation. Planning for a PhD research project in collaboration with the Copperbelt University (CBU) was initiated. The research will be fully funded and supported by the CBU African Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Mining with researchers from the CBU Schools of Mines & Mineral Sciences and the School of Mathematics & Natural Resources. Several PhD candidates have already expressed interest. Discussions were also held with the Zambian Geological Survey Department (GSD) and the School of Mines, University of Zambia (UNZA) who both expressed their interest in participating in the research collaboration. A presentation on graphite resources in Africa was given, as well as participation in a discussion panel on battery raw materials, at The Mining Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15th and 16th November 2022. Attendance at The Mining Show was important to maintain contact with key research collaborators and make new contacts with potential research collaborators in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Item Type: Publication - Report (Project Report)
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
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Additional Keywords: IGRD
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 02 Mar 2023 11:42 +0 (UTC)

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