Syrah Resources has announced the first production of bagged saleable flake graphite from the Balama Project in Mozambique and is currently targeting production between 160,000t and 180,000t next year.

The flake graphite was produced within an expected grade range of more than 95% fixed carbon.

The company noted that all construction work at the project is essentially complete and process plant optimisation is currently underway.

Syrah Resources CEO and managing director Shaun Verner said: “This is a significant achievement for Syrah, our subsidiary Twigg, and our host communities in Mozambique as the company moves into operations.

“The development of Balama has been achieved through an extremely dedicated construction, commissioning and operations team, with great support from the local communities, investors, suppliers, government and other stakeholders.

“This is a significant achievement for Syrah, our subsidiary Twigg, and our host communities in Mozambique as the company moves into operations.”

“Following the intermediate concentrate produced in late October, Syrah has now successfully commissioned the final stages of the flake circuit including polishing, filtration, drying, screening and bagging.”

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Syrah further added that remaining commissioning activities will focus on the fines circuit and further optimisation works.

The first shipment of flake product from Nacala Port is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

Construction of the Chipembe Dam pipeline and pump station is also complete and attrition cells are on-site, with installation set to start after commissioning of the fines circuit.

The company also completed full ore commissioning of the combined crusher, primary mill, scrubber, classification, thickener and tails disposal to the tailings storage facility.

Ore commissioning of the flake circuit, including flotation, polishing, drying, screening and bagging, is also completed.