Under the contract, CPC will provide detailed engineering design services for the Balama project including process plant and associated infrastructure, procurement support, raw water supply and tailings storage pumping systems.
The flagship project hosts an ore reserve of 81.4 Mt at an average grade of 16.2% graphitic content (using a 9% cut-off grade). This reserve comprises 13.2 Mt of contained flake graphite making Balama the world’s largest reserve of flake graphite.
It is located approximately 240 km by road west of the port town of Pemba in the Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique. The project site is accessible by a major sealed road which runs from Pemba to approximately 45 km from the project site.
The processing plant and related infrastructure will produce a filtered graphite concentrate at a production rate of 2 Mtpa. When in full production, Syrah will export approximately 380 000 t of concentrate per year grading 95% graphitic content through the deep water container port of Nacala.
The processing plant will use proven technology consisting of crushing and screening, grinding, flotation, filtration and drying, classification and screening and bagging.
CPC Engineering CEO Glen Weir comments: “We are delighted to have been appointed for detailed design and engineering services on this major project. Balama hosts the largest graphite ore reserve in the world and is likely to be the premier mine of its kind.”
“This contract continues to demonstrate the company’s emerging achievements in the minerals resource sector and the ongoing relationship with Syrah at its flagship project,” Weir adds.
The announcement follows Syrah’s appointment of CPC to complete Front End Engineering Design on the Balama project in June this year.
Other Top Project Stories in Mozambique: