Cancana Resources has started the development of infrastructure and mine site preparatory work needed to establish commercial mining operations at its Valdirâo manganese mine in Brazil.
The Valdirâo mine site is situated on an area of 5ha with an incline to the top of a ridge in Espigao, in the state of Rondonia.
The development of infrastructure at the mine site follows a Guia De Utiliacão, or trial mining licence, which was issued by the Departamento Nacional de Produção Mineral in July.
Infrastructure works will include the establishment of a gated access, fencing to delineate roadways and areas of mining, grading and access roads and traversing road cuts across hillside and mining area for equipment access.
The company expects that preparatory and infrastructure work will take about ten days to complete the initial stages.
Cancana said that when mining starts, there will be ongoing and continued work in order to maintain access and establish new areas and extensions for access across the Valdirâo mining area.
Upon completion of the infrastructure, Cancana will start mining and stockpiling of unprocessed Manganese ore.
Cancana Resources president and CEO Andrew Male said the development of the infrastructure and mine site preparatory work is a major step towards the commencement of mining.
"We are very excited about this progress as it is another milestone towards becoming a producing mine," Male added.
Cancana through its land banking strategy has acquired a total of eight claims with a total of 41,350.08ha of mainly contiguous manganese bearing mineral claims in the state of Rondonia.
The company's Brazilian subsidiary MLB de Nogueira Mineração holds all the claims.