Bass Metals Ltd. (ASX:BSM) is an emerging producer of industrial mineral concentrates, approaching the key strategic milestone of profitable production at its flagship asset; the operating Graphmada Large Flake Graphite Mine in eastern Madagascar.



Madagascar has been a recognised producer and exporter of graphite since 1907 and sets the world standard due to its high proportion of high quality, large flake graphite. The Graphmada Large Flake Graphite Mine is situated in eastern Madagascar, approximately 100km by sealed highway from the export port of Tamatave.

The Graphmada Mine hosts four known deposits. Recent mining was from the Loharano deposit, with the Mahefedok deposit now undergoing trial mining. The Mahela and Ambatofafana deposits are still to be explored to their full potential.

The graphite at Graphmada is hosted in both weathered regolith and underlying graphitic gneiss, with the grade of graphitic carbon increasing with depth. All mining to date has been very shallow and low cost, with the mining horizon from 1.5m below surface to a depth of 6-8m. However, the graphite bearing regolith is known to go to depths of >30 metres, to the underlying hard rock mineralisation. All mineralisation is open along a strike, of approximately 1.5km and to depth.

The 130 strong workforce utilises modern facilities and infrastructure, with an on-site doctor, pharmacy, housing, offices, communications and a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory in place.

Also installed on site is a 6,000 product tonne per annum processing plant, with a drying and packaging facility. Bass plans to improve and expand its production through a low capital and timely expansion to easily leverage increasing market demand.

There are sales agreements in place, with well- established markets and a solid customer base. Production from Graphmada totalled ~1,500 product tonnes for calendar 2015, with a high proportion being large flake graphite with >94% purity. With consistency of sales and an established brand, Bass is poised to build a market leading position, with increased graphite demand.