AMG Graphite commissions Mozambique project

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Thursday, 08 June 2017

AMG commissioned Ancuabe graphite mine in Mozambique joining other graphite junior producers already in the country.

Germany’s Graphit Kropfmuhl GmbH, part of Dutch metals producer Advanced Metallurgical Group NV (AMG) under the name AMG Graphite, has completed the commissioning of the Ancuabe graphite mine in Mozambique, with production starting this month, AMG announced on 8 May.

AMG Graphite, an operating division of AMG and an affiliate of Alterna Capital Partners, forecasts a total production capacity of 9,000 tpa graphite at the site.

"Ancuabe will produce concentrates at different carbon content of up to 98% carbon," Thomas Junker, managing director and CEO at Graphit Kropfmuhl, told IM. "In addition, sieving operations can be done at the mine.

"Ancuabe’s graphite will not be sold as a concentrate into the market. The material is meant to be value added within the AMG Graphite group of companies," he added.

Located in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, the Ancuabe facility is currently the sole graphite producer in the area.

AMG’s Mozambique assets also include an exploration license for Nipacue – a graphite deposit near Ancuabe with a JORC mineral resource of 900,000 tonnes ore.

Headquartered in Hauzenberg, in southern Germany’s Bavaria region, Graphit Kropfmuhl – also known as GK – operates its main mine in Germany as well as the Ancuabe operation, run through GK Ancuabe SA.

Other operators in the junior graphite mining space are active in Mozambique.

ASX-listed Syrah Resources has its flagship Balama project some 200km west of Ancuabe, in the western part of Cabo Delgado province.

Balama is due to come online in the third quarter of the year, expecting to produce 380,000 tpa graphite once at full capacity.

In late March, Syrah signed a non-binding agreement with Chinese anode materials maker BTR New Energy Materials Inc. – the largest producer of battery anodes for the lithium-ion market – over the potential supply of graphite materials.

This article from the June issue of Industrial Minerals magazine was first published online 8 May 2017.