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Orom-Cross graphite project, Uganda – update

Location map of the Orom-Cross project

Photo by Blencowe Resources

14th October 2022

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

     

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Name of the Project
Orom-Cross graphite project.

Location
Uganda.

Project Owner/s
Blencowe Resources.

Project Description
A prefeasibility study (PFS) has highlighted an exceptional long-life project that delivers considerable returns over an initial life-of-mine of 14 years.

An estimated 600 000 t/y of ore will be mined from the commissioning date and this will increase to 2.4-million tonnes a year by the time the project is fully ramped up in Year 10.

Mining will be free-dig, with no drill-and-blast required.  Initial ore will come from saprolite (clay) at about 15 m to 20 m depth on average. Both deposits (Northern syncline and Camp lode) identified in the drilling programmes  will be mined and a composite blend of both will be fed into the processing plant that will be built on site.

An initial 36 000 t/y of end-product as concentrates will be delivered from the plant, which will increase in two additional stages to 147 000 t/y once the mine is fully ramped up. 

Further resources, higher production volumes and an extended mine life can all be obtained at any stage by drilling additional ready-targets. This, however, is not currently considered a priority.

The processing flowsheet comprises a flash and rougher flotation stage, followed by a primary cleaning circuit with a polishing mill and three stages of cleaner flotation. The intermediate concentrate is classified and then further upgraded in secondary cleaning circuits with stirred media mills, followed by cleaner flotation.

Orom-Cross will deliver at least five different end-products, characterised by size fractions of  +50 mesh, + 80 mesh, +100 mesh, +150 mesh and -100 mesh. These products will all have different markets and will be branded and packaged at site.

Initially, transport to port will by road, but it is expected that a rail option might be available nearby by 2025, further reducing logistics costs.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
The project has an after-tax net present value, at an 8% discount rate, of $482-million and an internal rate of return of 50%.

Capital Expenditure
The initial capital requirement has been lowered by 23% to $62-million, since the preliminary economic assessment was announced in 2021. 

Planned Start/End Date
Blencowe will start the main operations from 2025 at an initial output of 36 000 t/y of end-product.

Latest Developments
Blencowe Resources has started with a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Orom-Cross graphite project.

The company is selecting an experienced independent engineering firm to manage and sign off on the DFS.

The DFS marks the last step prior to the board making a decision to mine.

The company is also assembling a management advisory team to assist with all key aspects of the DFS and its successful delivery, including plant design, engineering, infrastructure, mining, operations, sales, marketing, environmental and social aspects.

The team will comprise resource executives with considerable experience in delivering projects through to production in Africa, particularly graphite projects.

Meanwhile, Blencowe plans to do more metallurgical testwork on the project in 2023, as part of the DFS, to test the expandability, spheroidisation and spherical graphite purification properties of the project.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
Battery Limits (PFS).

Contact Details for Project Information
Blencowe Resources, tel +44 1624 681 250 or email info@blencoweresourcesplc.com.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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