Syrah Resources suspends graphite production in Balama, Mozambique

30 March 2020

The Syrah Resources group has temporarily suspended operations at its graphite mine in Balama, Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Australian group said in a market statement.

The statement noted that the government of Mozambique had imposed a set of measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, which included suspending visa issuing and 14-day quarantine for anyone who arrives in the country. “The combination of these measures limit the mobility of a significant number of staff working in Balama,” it said.

Operations were suspended on 28 March and the group, which operates in Mozambique via its subsidiary Twigg Exploration and Mining, gave no date for graphite exploration to begin again.

The group also said that orders for product that is already in the warehouses will continue to be processed, and the subsidiary still has capacity to export graphite via the port of Nacala, “although this situation may change at any time.”

The group announced previously that it had suspended work at its Vidalia factory, in the United States, following the “stay at home” order announced by the governor of Louisiana on 22 March, in order to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. (macauhub)