Progress on ramping up Imerys graphite production in Namibia ‘slow’
Published: Monday, 22 October 2018
Issues with geology and processing are delaying the start of graphite production at Imerys’ operation in Namibia, according to the company’s business director.
Development has slowed at Imerys’ graphite
production operation in Namibia, in southern Africa, due to
problems with the ramp-up related to geology and processing,
the company said during the 7th Graphite &
Graphene conference in London.
"We are operating a new mine in Namibia, and
we’re having trouble," Fabrizio Corti, business
director for synthetic graphite at Imerys Graphite &
Carbon, said in relation to the progress on production for new
The company has encountered "geological and processing
issues" at the site, Corti added, and these have made the
ramp-up slower than originally expected.
Reaching the required concentration has been challenging, he
said, as well as achieving sufficient yield levels to ensure
optimal production flows.