The Mine Restoration Investments (MRI)coal briquetting plant at the Vaalkrantz Mine in Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa is now installed and fully commissioned a re-suspension unit allowing it to operate from the fines stockpile of the plant. With this initial ramp up now complete, the project can commence full commercial production.

MRI has also reported it is in advanced discussions with potential customers and offtake partners, including Keaton Energy, the owner of the Vaalkrantz Mine, with a view to securing long term offtake agreements. It is currently market testing the final coal briquette product and expects to finalise arrangements shortly.

Justin Lewis, Director, said, “The Board of Armadale is pleased to note the continued progress being made by MRI in relation to its flagship coal briquetting project in South Africa.  This is an exciting point of development as MRI ramps up production and continues discussions regarding potential offtake agreements, and we look forward to MRI providing an update on its progress going forward.”

MRI aims to develop profitable operations within the South African mining industry through its coal briquetting operation in KwaZulu Natal and acid mine drainage technology in the Witwatersrand basins.