Maputo, Mozambique, 31 Jan – German group Graphit Kropfmuehl plans to explore the Ancuabe graphite mines in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, and has been awarded the public tender launched by the Mozambican government, according to a report from daily newspaper Diário de Moçambique.
The newspaper also said that the German group had set up a company named Graphit Kropfmuehl de Moçambique, Lda, for that purpose and had also decided to remove all equipment left at the mine by its previous operator.
The Ancuabe graphite mines were explored from 1992 to 1999, when the previous operator brought a halt to operations due to the cost of producing electricity using its own generators. This situation changed with the arrival of the national power grid in the region.
Diário de Moçambique also reported that the provincial director for Mining –resources and Energy, Ramiro Nguiraze had said that Graphit Kropfmuehl de Moçambique had discovered three graphite deposits in the neighbouring district of Chiúre, samples of which were sent to China, south Africa and Japan for laboratory tests.
Meanwhile, a source from the Mining Resources Ministry told Macauhub in Maputo that re-launching the Ancuabe graphite mine would require an investment of US$150 million and production could total 3 million tons per year.
Re-launching the Ancuabe mines is part of a list of 27 facilities in the Mining, Agriculture and Forestry, Water and Sanitation, Energy, and Transport and Communications sectors considered by the Mozambican government to be, “priority projects for public investment,” that should be carried out by 2014.
Graphit Kropfmuhl AG is a private company specialising in the mining, processing and refining of crystal graphite for a variety of industrial applications. (macauhub)