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AVZ Minerals in fruitful discussions for transport of Manono concentrate via Tanzania

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AVZ Minerals Ltd (ASX:AVZ) has had positive engagement with Tanzanian Government agencies around the transport of concentrate from Roche Dure within Manono Lithium and Tin Project in southern DRC via the port of Dar es Salaam.

There has been a successful outcome from a series of recent meetings with agencies to better understand the current and proposed infrastructure to transport concentrate via the Tanzanian port.

The relevant Government agencies have offered every possible assistance to facilitate AVZs transport objectives.

Meetings with officials

AVZ Minerals managing director Nigel Ferguson met with high ranking officials from the Tanzania Port Authority, Tanzania Railways Corporation, Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority, Tanzania Revenue Authority and Tanzanias Export Processing Zones Authority, which is the principal government agency for promoting investments in Tanzanias special economic zones.

Project issues focused around available capacity, laydown and storage areas at the port and a further range of benefits for AVZ such as tax incentives and exemptions, planned rail and port upgrades should further beneficiation in Tanzania be investigated.

Nigel Ferguson with Tanzania Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Damas Ndumbaro.

“Extremely well received”

The companys managing director Nigel Ferguson said: “AVZ Minerals and our world-class Manono Lithium and Tin Project was extremely well received by high-ranking officials from the Tanzanian Government.

“All of the Government officials that I met offered every possible assistance to facilitate the companys objective of being able to efficiently and cost effectively transport Roche Dure concentrate via the port of Dar es Salaam.

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“The company is now working towards securing formal Letters of Intent with the Tanzania Railways Corporation, Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority and Tanzanias Export Processing Zones Authority around the movement of Roche Dure concentrate.”

Large hard rock lithium project

Manono is the worlds largest undeveloped hard rock lithium project in terms of grade, mine life and expandability.

The resource is the largest lithium project with the highest grade owned by an ASX listed company, with a measured, indicated and inferred resource of 400 million tonnes at 1.65% lithium oxide, 715ppm tin and 34ppm tantalum.

Project director appointed

AVZ has appointed Michael Hughes, who has more than 35 years experience in engineering, procurement and construction in the minerals and metal market, as project director for Manono.

Having worked for engineering companies and clients to execute studies and projects, his experience covers all metals and minerals commodity plant design and construction in Africa, India, France and Australia.

Hughes has worked in many African countries, including Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Madagascar and Ethiopia.

He joins the Manono team from Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX:EVN) where he was project director of significant plant expansions at its Cowal Gold Mine in New South Wales.

Ferguson said: “We are especially pleased to welcome Michael to our team as the Manono project director as we advance the tier-1 project.

“Michael joins our team having sigRead More – Source