Mozambique

Moma Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeSurface
Commodities
  • Zircon
  • Rutile
  • Heavy Minerals
Mining Method
  • Dredging
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Mine Life165 years (as of Jan 1, 2022)
ShapshotMoma Mine is one of the largest titanium minerals deposits in the world. 7% of global titanium feedstocks are produced at Moma.

Owners

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CompanyInterestOwnership
Kenmare Resources plc (operator) 100 % Indirect
Kenmare Resources plc operates the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine. The mining operations at the Moma Mine are carried out by the Mozambique branch of Kenmare Moma Mining (Mauritius) Limited and downstream processing is undertaken by the Mozambique branch of Kenmare Moma Processing (Mauritius) Limited, both of which are wholly-owned subsidiary undertakings of the Company.

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Deposit type

  • Sedimentary
  • Mineral sands

Summary:

Kenmare’s large mineral resource base at Moma is sufficient to support production at current rates for more than 100 years and comprises of Namalope, Congolone, Nataka and Pilivili deposits.

Mineralisation at Namalope is hosted in coastal, shallow marine sediments and dune sands. Several phases of deposition are evident, with the main mineralised units focussed around the north-eastern end of a major dune feature which has evidently formed a trap for heavy minerals.

The earliest concentration of HM is in a very large dunal feature, approximately 50km long, 10km wide and 100m high. This dune has been subjected to moderate weathering and is now red-brown in colour and is generally known as the “Old Red Dune”.

The mineralisation of the Congolone deposit is hosted in clean recent dune sands which are formed up against and in places overlie, the Old Red Dune sands. The recent dune sands are tan to yellow in colour, well sorted and low in slimes content. The Old Red Dune contains some mineralisation as well and has a pronounced seaward facing escarpment on its SE side. At the base of the escarpment is a well defined strandline containing the highest grades.

Mineralisation at Nataka is hosted in dune sands forming part of a very large dunal feature, approximately 50km long, 10km wide and 100m high, located 2.5 – 3km inland from the Mozambique Coast. This dune has been subjected to moderate weathering and is now red-brown in colour and is generally known as the “Old Red Dune” or “Deck Sands’. Local geology Unit 2 forms the host unit for the mineralisation with HM concentrated in a thick, planar body approximately 10km by 3km in the northern half of the dune west of the Namalope orebody. HM grade is diffuse with relatively low variability and the host unit extends from surface to base of the dune pile. There is some evidence of reworking on the northern side of the dune where it terminates against the Larde River flood plain. Slimes content varies both laterally and vertically with a trend to higher slimes toward the base of the deposit and on the northern side of the deposit.

Pilivili resource is a strand line deposit within the progradational sediments between the Old Red Dune in the North Northwest, and the current coast. Mineralisation is hosted in low lying swampy sands, and within the frontal coastal dunes. The mineralised sands are tan to yellow in colour, well sorted, fine grained, with moderate to low slimes content.The Old Red Dune forms the North North-western ridge of the edge of the deposit, and there is a pronounced escarpment in this unit on its seaward SE-facing side. At the base of the escarpment is a well-defined strandline containing the highest grades of the deposit. Underlying the base of the ore there is weathered basalt/andesite with thin layers of intermittent grits and clays at the interface.

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Comminution

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Milling equipment has not been reported.

Processing

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Production

Zircon concentrate include secondary zircon and mineral sands concentrate.
CommodityProductUnits2023202220212020201920182017
Ilmenite Mineral in concentrate t 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000958,500998,200
Zircon Concentrate kt 00000000000028
Zircon Mineral in concentrate t 00000000000000000000000000000048,40074,000
Rutile Mineral in concentrate t 0000000000000000000000008,2009,100
Heavy Minerals Concentrate kt 00000000000000001,3711,323
^ Guidance / Forecast.

Operational metrics

Metrics20222021202020192018
Annual production capacity 000000
Ore tonnes mined 0000000000000000000000000000000033,961,000 t

Production Costs

CommodityUnits20222021202020192018
Cash costs Ilmenite USD 000000 000000 0000000 81 / t   79 / t  
Net of By-Product.

Financials

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