Progress on ramping up Imerys graphite production in Namibia ‘slow’

By Davide Ghilotti
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 graphite projects.

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.