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Mining in Mozambique

Battery Minerals on track to produce graphite after raising A$20m

8th June 2018 Minerals explorer Battery Minerals is advancing its Montepuez graphite project in the north-west of Montepuez, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique following the latest fund-raising. The company has received financial commitments for A$20-million through a share placement at 6c a share. The proceeds will be... 

Energy company expects appropriate tariff from financial model review

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Emerging Mozambican power development company Ncondezi Energy says the positive preliminary results from updated proposals from the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), as well as operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts, for its integrated power and coal mine project indicate... 

Energy company expects appropriate tariff from financial model review
SUPPLY BOOST The Ncondezi project will supply 300 MW to the Mozambican grid, specifically into the northern grid, where power supply is unreliable

Heavy rains affect production at Manica gold concession

8th June 2018 The alluvial production at the Manica gold mining concession in Mozambique for the first quarter of the year was disappointing on the back of prolonged heavy rains, although real progress was made, says diversified metals and minerals producer Xtract Resources executive chairperson Colin Bird.... 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources says the Balama graphite project is the first major resources development in Mozambique for several years, with the company, along with the Mozambique government, “demonstrating the importance of operating stability in Mozambique to... 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential
OPERATING STABILITY The Balama graphite project provides a long-term and consistent source of high-grade flake graphite

MMEC conference outlook indicative of state of mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 The increase in international participation at the sixth edition of the Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference (MMEC) reflected the state of the Mozambique mining industry, which is an emerging market, says event organiser AME Trade. The conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and... 

MMEC conference  outlook indicative of  state of mining industry
SIXTH EDITION The Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and 26

Natural flake graphite market expected to move into a deficit around 2020

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources is expecting the global flake graphite market to remain in a state of small oversupply this year but to move into a deficit in the coming years, as the company increases its graphite production ahead of an expected increase in demand from electric cars, buses and... 

Natural flake graphite market expected to move into a deficit around 2020
Photo by Bloomberg
GRAPHITE DEMAND Syrah Resources expects global demand to grow by 10% and reach about 780 000 t in 2018

Resources company on target for PFS completion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Diversified resources company Savannah Resources says the company is well on target to complete the Mutamba prefeasibility study (PFS) in early 2019, as stage one of the PFS is well advanced and includes a gap analysis, an options review, project planning and budget finalisation for stage two of... 

Resources company on target for PFS completion
ON TARGET The prefeasibility study assesses the Mutamba project’s potential development and the economic aspects

Second binding offtake highlights demand for graphite concentrate

8th June 2018 The external support for the Ancuabe graphite project in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique in the form of a second binding offtake agreement signed last month, provides “strong” momentum for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), financing and development objectives of the project,... 

Second binding offtake highlights demand for graphite concentrate
GRAPHITE SAMPLE About a third of the graphite in Triton Minerals’s deposit is jumbo flake and about 59% is large flake

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project

8th June 2018 Emerging multicommodity miner Mustang Resources’ latest assay results for the Caula vanadium/graphite project in northern Mozambique continue to underpin a strong economic outlook for the project, with the miner noting that a maiden vanadium resource is due soon. Mustang Resources announced last... 

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project
HIGH-GRADE VANADIUM The latest assays indicate grades of up to 1.02% vanadium pentoxide and 24.2% total graphitic carbon

Modest mining industry growth on back of political turmoil

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 Mozambique's mining industry is expected to increase marginally from $640-million in 2017 to $756-million in 2021, largely as a consequence of the challenging operating environment created by escalating political tensions and minimal public-sector support. This forecast is made by research... 

Modest mining industry growth on back of political turmoil
ENTERING A DRY SPELL The Mozambique mining industry has been adversely affected by the 2016 debt scandal, legislative changes and escalating tensions between the government and the main opposition

Immediate Moz mining outlook remains challenging – consultant

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 Unless there is a definitive turn in the commodity cycle, coupled with stronger global growth, the challenging short-term outlook for the Mozambique mining industry will not change, states commodities consultancy Core Consultants and its partner, business consultancy Core Africa. Both agree,... 

Immediate Moz mining outlook remains challenging – consultant
A COUNTRY FOR COAL Coal is one of the country’s three main mineral commodities

Emerging gas market drives Mozambique expansion

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 The emerging gas market is one of the main factors driving gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) decision to expand its existing Mozambique operations. The company’s Mozambique strategy is being driven from its new 8 600 m2 headquarters, which will feature  a sales... 

Emerging gas market drives Mozambique expansion
Photo by Duane Daws
GASSED UP GROWTH The resurgence in oil, gas and mining investment in sub-Saharan Africa has resulted in Afrox growing its existing footprint

Ruby project ramps up production

9th June 2017 Having completed the commissioning of its relocated processing plant, miner Mustang Resources reports that it continues to focus on secondary deposits, as part of its strategy to ramp up production at the Montepuez ruby project, in Mozambique. In August last year, Mustang announced that it had... 

Ruby project ramps up production
A TREASURE TROVE In August last year, Mustang announced that it had discovered secondary ruby deposits on its productive Montepuez concession

Manica neither complex, capital demanding

9th June 2017 The Manica gold project’s definitive feasibility study (DFS) results demonstrate a robust, simplistic project with an average gold grade of 2.62 g/t producing 215 293 oz over its seven-year life, says diversified miner Xtract Resources. In the DFS results announcement in February, Xtract... 

Manica neither complex, capital demanding
EXPLORING FUTURE PROSPECTS The three nearby prospects for further expansion in the Manica concession area, the Guy Fawkes, Boa Esperanza and Dot’s Luck deposits, all have declared resources

Supplier aims to take top spot in Africa by 2022

9th June 2017 Vibration equipment supplier Aury Africa intends to become a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance mineral processing equipment to the African mining industry by 2022, with initial focus on Zambia and Mozambique, says director Sydney Parkhouse. He is optimistic that the green... 

Supplier aims to take top spot in Africa by 2022
SYDNEY PARKHOUSE The key factors driving the original-equipment manufacturer’s ongoing success is its expertise and the experience of its new management team

Montepuez production suffers owing to lower ore grade

9th June 2017 The Montepuez ruby deposit in Mozambique, owned by gemstone mining and marketing company Gemfields, produced 1.2-million carats of ruby and corundum in the three months ending March 31, declining compared with the two-million carats produced in the previous year’s quarter. The company notes that... 

Montepuez production  suffers owing  to lower ore grade
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY Despite lower production, the quantity of premium-quality rubies recovered at Montepuez increased by 92%

Graphite mine advances on back of scoping study

9th June 2017 The results of a scoping study for a proposed openpit mine and graphite process plant at the Ancuabe graphite project, in north-eastern Mozambique, supports the advancement of feasibility studies on the project, graphite miner Triton Minerals announced last month. 

Graphite mine advances on back of scoping study
PROMISING FINDS Over 92% of the graphite flakes recovered at Ancuabe are larger than 150 µm

Contract underpins ‘ongoing commitment’ to developing services

9th June 2017 Integrated logistical solutions provider Grindrod Mauritius believes it is well positioned to assist with logistics services for the Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, owing to its long operational history in the country with regard to land transport coordination, agency services and port... 

Contract underpins  ‘ongoing commitment’  to developing services
Photo by Bloomberg
IN IT FOR LONG HAUL Integrated logistical solutions provider Grindrod will truck graphite concentrate product the 490 km from the Balama mine site to the Port of Nacala, in Mozambique

Tete steel project BFS near completion

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 SRK Consulting South Africa, a firm of consulting engineers and scientists, has completed its share of work on the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Tete iron-ore mining and steelmaking project, in Mozambique. The BFS for the project, which is expected to start production in the first half... 

Tete steel project  BFS near completion
HENNIE THEART The Tete project has a Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant measured resource of 156-million tonnes, grading 36% iron-ore and 13.3% titanium dioxide

Potential, risks of Mozambique mining sector outlined

3rd June 2016 The extractive sector in Mozambique currently represents less than 4% of economic activity in the country but has scope to grow considerably, says international metals and minerals researcher Roskill, which has released its Mozambique African Mining Report (AMR) 2016. 

Potential, risks of Mozambique mining sector outlined
Photo by Duane Daws
VITAL TO GROWTH Mozambqiue's lack of proper infrastructure results in an inability to meet the demands of the mining sector

Majority stake sought in Moz limestone project

3rd June 2016 Aim-traded, multicommodity mining and natural resource development company focused on Southern and West Africa, Premier African Minerals, has conditionally agreed to pay $2.1-million for an initial 52% interest in Mozambique-based natural resources company TCT Industrias Florestais. Under the... 

Majority stake sought in Moz limestone project
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL LIMESTONE DEMAND TCT believes that there is demand in Mozambique for lime for cement production, agricultural applications and aggregates

Graphite earmarked for refinement in US

3rd June 2016 Australian graphene-focused company Metals of Africa plans to source feedstock for its $80-million US plant from its advanced Balama Central graphite project in Mozambique. 

Graphite earmarked  for refinement in US
Photo by Bloomberg
GRAPHITE DEVELOPMENTS Refined graphene will be exported from Bulama Central to the US for final refinement

Titanium minerals production increasing at Moma

3rd June 2016 Titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources expects mining output through 2016 at the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, to benefit from a significantly more stable power supply. 

Titanium minerals  production increasing at Moma
BOUNTIFUL MOMA MINE Ore mined at Moma during the first quarer of 2016 increased 120% on the 2015 comparable period

Air filter solution leads mining and industry expansion

By: Victor Moolman     3rd June 2016 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa has experienced significant success over the past 26 years while expanding into Mozambique and further afield in Africa. 

Air filter solution leads mining and industry expansion
MOZAMBIQUE MATTERS RTS Africa has installed several air filtration systems in Mozambique, experiencing only technical challenges related to site constraints

Maputo conference highlights potential for growth

3rd June 2016 Despite the subdued mining situation in Mozambique there is a lot of room for growth across mining, oil and gas, and energy, but public and private entities need to work together to advance the strategy. This was the overall message conveyed at the fifth biennial Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas and... 

Maputo conference highlights potential for growth
GOOD TURNOUT More than 1 000 visitors and 59 panellists attended the Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas and Energy conference

Moz government, private sector committed to infrastructure development, sustainable mining

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th June 2015 The private and public sectors in Mozambique have shown a commitment to developing the infrastructure necessary for sustainable mining activity in the country, says strategy and communications consulting firm CV&A Mozambique partner José Pedro Luís. He tells Mining Weekly that although the... 

Moz government, private sector committed to infrastructure  development, sustainable mining
Photo by Duane Daws
ENABLING GROWTH While Mozambique's mining sector continues to face the challenge of access to infrastructure there has been a surge in development projects aimed at improving the situation

Negotiations under way for Benga mine contract extension

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th June 2015 Contract mining company MCC is in negotiations with mining consortium Indian Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) to continue providing mining services or a mining solution, for ICVL’s  Benga mine in Tete, Mozambique, as its current contract expires in December this year. MCC, the contract mining and... 

Smelter substation PLC upgrade under way

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th June 2015 Industrial automation and information solutions provider Rockwell Automation South Africa is upgrading the programmable logic controller (PLC) of mining major BHP Billiton’s joint venture (JV) Mozal aluminium smelter’s 22 kV substation, in Maputo, Mozambique. The PLC upgrade, which is scheduled... 

Smelter substation PLC upgrade under way
MOZAL SMELTER The aluminium smelter is scheduled to undergo phased upgrades over the next ten years

Moz coal conference to focus on attracting foreign investment

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th June 2015 The sixth yearly Mozambique Coal Conference, to be held on July 27 and 28 in Maputo, will focus on ways to attract further investment in the country’s coal mining industry. The conference will also emphasise the latest developments in the industry, rail and port infrastructure development... 

Moz coal conference  to focus on attracting  foreign investment
ECONOMIC BOOSTER Coal is a significant contributor to Mozambique’s gross domestic product

Mines encouraged to contribute to Moz power grid

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th June 2015 Organisers of the yearly Powering Africa: Mozambique investment meeting, EnergyNet, say that this year’s two-day event, held last month in Maputo, focused on getting the mining sector and other industries that have energy-producing capabilities to contribute to Mozambique’s national grid to... 

Mines encouraged  to contribute to  Moz power grid
Photo by Duane Daws
MOZAMBIQUE POWER In the past twelve years, the percentage of families that have access to electricity in increased from 7% to 45%

Company delists from London stock exchange

5th June 2015 To enable it to access equity funding of about $12-million, Mozambique-focused exploration company Baobab Resources on May 20 delisted its shares from the Aim. In its six-month interim result report for the period ending December 2014, which was released in March 2015, Baobab said that it... 

Company delists  from London  stock exchange
IRON-ORE Baobab has discovered and defined a 759-million-ton iron-ore resource in the Tete province, of Mozambique
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