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
Located in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, the
Ancuabe facility is currently the sole graphite producer in
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
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
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
Balama is due to come online in the third quarter of the
year, expecting to produce 380,000 tpa graphite once at full
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
This article from the June issue of Industrial
Minerals magazine was
first published online 8 May 2017.