Avenira Limited reports it has achieved another important milestone at its 80 %-owned Baobab phosphate project in Senegal with the first trucking of phosphate product to the stockpile at the Port of Dakar.
Avenira’s strategy to develop the project is based on an initial, US$15 million, Stage 1 operation producing 500 000 tonnes per annum of phosphate product, with later stages allowing for production expansion. Maiden shipping of product is currently planned for the fourth calendar quarter of 2016.
Loaded 50-t covered trucks departing Baobab for the Port of Dakar (photo: Avenira).
Managing Director, Cliff Lawrenson commented: ‘‘The Baobab phosphate project continues to progress steadily and it is excellent to see the first trucking of phosphate product to the stockpile at the Port of Dakar, some 145 km from the mine site. The project is now moving into operational stage with appropriate procedures and protocols in place.
“As expected, the annual wet season slowed processing and drying of the phosphate product and initial trucking operations. However, wet conditions are now easing allowing for more routine operations with first shipping our priority. We thank the whole Avenira team for their commitment in reaching this important milestone.”
Baobab employs straightforward open-pit mining to access the mineralisation through the unconsolidated sand overburden.
Avenira has been involved with Baobab, in conjunction with Agrifos, since 2014. Agrifos originally launched the project in 2011. A Small Mine Permit (SMP) was granted in May 2015 and Avenira subsequently acquired 100 % of the asset from Agrifos in September 2015.