Minerals process and project management company MDM Engineering has been appointed to carry out pre-feasibility studies (PFS) for Australian-based Cradle Resources’ Panda Hill Niobium Project in south-west Tanzania. Niobium is used to harden steel alloys.
Cradle holds three valid mining licences to search for, mine, dig, mill, process, transport, use and market niobium. The project is in the preliminary stages of development with a scoping study having been completed in January this year. The Cradle board has approved the next level of project development which will consist of a fit-for-purpose PFS with the option to move directly onto a definitive feasibility study if the PFS results are positive.
MDM executive director George Bennett says: “The MDM team looks forward to working on the project which will be headed up by our niobium expert, Roger Leighton, one of MDM’s lead process engineers. Our experience in Tanzania on African Barrick’s Bulyanhulu project will add great overall insight into working on this project.”