Chilalo graphite project, Tanzania

9th June 2023 By: Sheila Barradas - Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

Chilalo graphite project, Tanzania

Name of the Project
Chilalo graphite project.

Ruangwa district of the Lindi region, in south-east Tanzania.

Project Owner/s
Evolution Energy Minerals.

Project Description
A front-end engineering design (FEED) and updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) have predominantly maintained the flowsheet used in the previous  DFS published in 2020. The FEED/updated DFS envisages an annual plant feed of 500 000 t over a  17-year mine life, with total plant feed estimated at 8.3-million tonnes.

Average graphite concentrate production is estimated at 52 000 t/y, 12 000 t/y of steady-state expandable graphite sales, and 8 000 t/y of steady-state micronised graphite sales.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
The after-tax net present value, at an 8% discount rate, is $338-million and the internal rate of return is 32%, with a payback of 3.3 years.

Capital Expenditure
Estimated Preproduction capital is $119.7-million.

Planned Start/End Date
Not stated.

Latest Developments
None stated.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
CPC Engineering (FEED); Resolve Mining Solutions (mining and ore reserve); ATC Williams (tailings disposal); AQ2 (hydrology and hydrogeology); Mine Earth (hydrology, hydrogeology and acid and drainage and mine closure); Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Fastmarkets, Wood Mackenzie, Lonestar Technical Minerals (graphite market and graphite pricing); and Auramet Trading (financial modelling).

Contact Details for Project Information
Evolution Energy Metals, tel +61 8 9200 3426 or email