Graphite Projects in South Korea
Located in the Chungju Province of South Korea, the Yongwon graphitic shale outcrops along the crest of a steep ridge. The graphite occurrence was investigated by the Korean Government geological acency (KMPC) in the 1970's who carried out trenching and sampling, generating grades of between 8.5 and 18.3% total graphitic carbon (TGC). Limited, historical, open cast mining is also evident. The grades have been confirmed by Peninsula's own sampling and analysis with channel sampling from the historical costeans generating results up to firstname.lastname@example.org%TGC.Further work has included succeessful petrological and metallurgical testing to confirm the suitability of the ore to standard beneficiation methods.
Ground geophysics has defined an electromagnetic anomaly, open along strike, for which drilling approval is being sought from the relevant South Korean Government agency.
•Shallow dipping, 10m wide graphitic unit extends over 400m adjacent to existing infrastructure
•Grades up to 24.8% TGC at surface
•Petrography shows large, oriented graphite flakes free from inclusions
•Excellent metallurgy is suggested from early results
•Further channel sampling and ground EM survey planned
Wolmyeong Graphite Project
•Historically the largest graphite mine in Korea, with extensive underground workings, closed in 1987
•Multiple metamorphosed coal horizons grading up to 76.1% graphite suited to steel industry and foundry applications
•Mapping and sampling aims to define coarse flake zones
A number of other Korean graphite projects are under review to determine their suitability for further development.