Modern Mining

ASX-listed Syrah Resources has announced the first production of bagged saleable flake graphite from the Balama project in Mozambique.

             Flotation and polishing mills at Balama (photo: Syrah).

Shaun Verner, Syrah’s Managing Director and CEO, said, “This is a significant achievement for Syrah, our subsidiary Twigg, and our host communities in Mozambique as the company moves into operations. The development of Balama has been achieved through an extremely dedicated construction, commissioning and operations team, with great support from the local communities, investors, suppliers, government and other stakeholders. We look forward to reliably and consistently supplying the global graphite market and our planned Battery Anode Material operation with the highest quality natural graphite.”

He added, “Following the intermediate concentrate produced in late October, Syrah has now successfully commissioned the final stages of the flake circuit including polishing, filtration, drying, screening and bagging. Flake graphite produced is within our expected grade range, in excess of 95 % fixed carbon. Remaining commissioning activities will focus on the fines circuit and further optimisation works. We expect our first shipment of flake product from Nacala Port in the coming weeks. First cash receipts are expected in early 2018 with production of 160 000 to 180 000 tonnes in 2018, following customer qualification processes.”

According to Syrah, all major project construction works at Balama are essentially complete with remaining construction activities limited to electrical and instrumentation works, completion of construction punch list items and verification checklists for the fines circuit. Demobilisation of construction teams is well underway.

Balama is a simple, low strip ratio, open-pit operation. Processing utilises conventional processes including crushing, grinding, flotation, filtration, drying, screening and bagging. The processing rate is 2 Mt/a with the nameplate capacity being 380 000 tonnes of graphite concentrate per annum.

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