Government of Mozambique plans to re-launch graphite mining in Cabo Delgado province

17 February 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Feb – The government of Mozambique is in talks with Swiss company Tomcal Graphite & Carbon with a view to re-launching the Ancuabe graphite mines in the province of Cabo Delgado, said the country’s deputy Mining Resources minister.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Abdul Razak also said that one of the problems that was blocking the re-launch of mining had been and continued to be the fact that Ancuabe district is not linked to the national electricity grid.

Timcal Graphite & Carbon, a world leader in producing carbon-related solutions, was selected via a public tender launched by the government in May 2009, for the exploration of the Ancuabe graphite mines.

According to the deputy Mining Resources Minister, as soon as the contract has been negotiated, the company will start work with a view to re-opening the mines.

Last December the Ministry of Mining resources and Timcal signed a memorandum of understanding to speed up the process of negotiating the terms of the prospecting, surveying, development and exploration contract for Ancuabe.

The Ancuabe mines were closed in 1999 due to a lack of a market along with the high cost of production, namely the price of generating electricity with diesel generators.

Graphite exploration at Ancuabe requires low production costs and ease of transport of goods to the international market for the business to be viable. Studies carried out in the region showed that there were reserves of around 1 million tonnes of graphite at Ancuabe.

The Ancuabe graphite mine was previously commercially explored by the Grafites de Ancuabe company, a partnership between three companies, from 1994 to 1999. (macauhub)