Mozambique

Balama Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeOpen Pit
StatusActive
Commodities
  • Graphite
  • Vanadium
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
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SnapshotBalama is a “market-critical” natural graphite operation – largest integrated mining and processing operation globally.

Balama contains a globally significant vanadium resource, with potential for ~5ktpa of V2O5 production (vs. 2020 global production of ~105kt7). A review of the 2014 Vanadium Scoping Study was completed in 2018 and confirmed that the project warrants progression to formal Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) stage. Syrah plans to advance metallurgical studies and to initiate a PFS on the Balama vanadium project.

Owners

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CompanyInterestOwnership
Syrah Resources Ltd. 95 % Indirect
Syrah, through its wholly owned subsidiary and holder of the Balama Operation on Mozambique, Twigg Exploration and Mining Limitada (“Twigg”), signed a mining contract with the Government of Mozambique (Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy) in March 2018. A 5% non-diluting free carried equity interest in Twigg to be made available to a Government of Mozambique entity.

Syrah subsidiary, (Twigg) was granted a graphite and vanadium mining concession (6432C) in December 2013 for a period of 25 years to December 2038.

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Deposit type

  • Metamorphic

Summary:

The Project lies within the Neoproterozoic Xixano Complex, which in the Balama region comprises a NNE-trending synform with a core of mafic orthogneisses surrounded by micaceous gneiss and schist, quartz-feldspar gneiss, quartzite and marble. Graphitic gneiss and schist, locally enriched in vanadium within the micaceous gneiss unit, dominates the Balama area.

Higher grade graphite mineralisation is hosted by graphitic schists interlayered with lower grade psammites and intruded by volumetrically minor pegmatites. At Balama East, the graphitic units bifurcate around a granitic intrusion which outcrops as a dominant hill. The graphitic units dip variably to local grid north at an average of around 45°.

Relative to the pre-mining surface, the graphitic schists were overlain by an average of around 2 to 3 m of un-mineralised soil and overburden, and variably weathered to an average depth of around 30 m.

The graphite mineralisation is mostly contained in stratiform graphitic schists. The flake size of the graphite is up to 4mm.

The mineralisation interpretation extends over a strike length of 1,050 m and 1,450m at Balama West and Balama East, respectively. The mineralisation is open to the west, east and north.

Mepiche (formerly Balama East) mineralised domains comprise a main zone of generally moderate TGC grades flanked to the south by a comparatively narrow zone of lower TGC grades. In the east, the domains bifurcate around a granitic intrusion. The combined Balama East domains extend east-west over approximately 1,000 m and dip to the north at an average of around 40° with an average thickness of around 150 m.

Mualia (formerly part of Balama West with Ativa) domains are truncated to the east by an interpreted fault and extend over 800 m of strike and dip at around 45° to the north with an average thickness of around 170 m.

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Comminution

Crushers and Mills

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Processing

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Production

CommodityUnits20222021202020192018Avg. Annual (Projected)
Graphite kt  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe153104313
All production numbers are expressed as concentrate.

Operational metrics

Metrics20222021202020192018
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Total tonnes mined  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe2,351 kt2,039 kt
Tonnes milled  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe1,154 kt1,120 kt
Ore tonnes mined  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe1,834 kt
Waste  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe205 kt

Production Costs

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Financials

Units20222021202020192018
Revenue M USD  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe 72.2  
Pre-tax Income M USD -148.5   -20.6  
EBITDA M USD  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe -135.2  

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