Syrah reaches production milestone at Balama graphite operation

The Balama site. Image: Syrah Resources

Syrah Resources has produced its first bagged saleable flake graphite from the Balama project in Mozambique.

The ASX-listed company reported the flake graphite grade was more than 95 per cent fixed carbon. It added that construction of the project was “essentially complete” and that process plant optimisation was under way.

Syrah managing director Shaun Verner said the development of Balama had been achieved through a dedicated construction, commissioning and operations team.

He explained that Syrah had commissioned the final stages of the flake circuit, including polishing, filtration, drying, screening and bagging, following the intermediate concentrate that was produced in late October.

“Fixed graphite produced is within our expected grade range, in excess of 95 per cent fixed carbon,” Verner said.

“Remaining commissioning activities will focus on the fines circuit and further optimisation works. We expect our first shipment of flake product from Nacala Port in the coming weeks.”

Syrah expects to produce between 160,000-180,000 tonnes at Balama in 2018.

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