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Elandsfontein phosphate project, South Africa – update

Aerial view of the Elandsfontein phosphate project

Photo by Kropz

28th April 2023

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

     

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Name of the Project
Elandsfontein phosphate project.

Location
Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Project Owner/s
The Elandsfontein project is held by Kropz (70%), African Rainbow Capital, or ARC (25%), and a smaller empowerment partnership (5%). Ubuntu Botho Investments forms part of the ARC structure.

Project Description
The Elandsfontein deposit is the biggest sedimentary phosphate deposit in South Africa.

The phosphate mineralisation is contained in the Varswater formation, with the phosphate occurring in phosphatised shell fragments and phosphorite pellets. The remainder of the deposit consists of silica sand and calcium oxide.

The project has an initial mine life of about 14 years and can deliver one-million tonnes a year of phosphate rock concentrate at steady state.

The processing plant will produce a final saleable concentrate to the expected specification of 68% bone phosphate of lime and about 31% phosphorus oxide using a flotation configuration of direct flotation, followed by a reverse flotation circuit.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated. 

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure
Kropz has spent $120-million to bring its Elandsfontein phosphates mining and processing project into production and requires an additional $16-million to cover its augmentation.

Planned Start/End Date
While the Elandsfontein project was first scheduled to start producing phosphate in 2018, it reported first production of phosphate rock concentrate only on March 18, 2022.

The project has been plagued by various delays since October 2017, when its water-use licence was contested by an environmental protection group, in addition to other challenges such as changes to its processing plans and Covid-19-related delays.

Latest Developments
Kropz has sold a further 43 886 t of phosphate concentrate produced at the Elandsfontein mine.

The company is pleased with the continuation of sales of phosphate concentrate produced at the mine.

The first bulk sale of product produced at the mine, of 30 000 t, was sold in January, followed by the sale of a further 20 000 t of phosphate concentrate in March 2023.

Kropz has also confirmed the third drawdown of funds under a new R285-million bridge loan facility, entered into in March, with its major shareholder African Rainbow Capital Fund.

The latest drawdown is for R30-million, and follows drawdowns of R25-million and R90-million in March.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
DRA (engineering, procurement and construction management); Minopex (processing plant operation); and VDM Transport.

Contact Details for Project Information
Kropz, tel +27 21 930 0927 or email info@kropz.com.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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