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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Africa: September 16th 2004


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:: Kenmare's Mineral-Sands Project at Moma

Kenmare Resources P.L.C., Ireland, has awarded the joint venture between BATEMAN and Multiplex Ltd of Australia a contract to establish a mineral-sands processing facility at Moma in the north-east of Mozambique.

This will be the second project undertaken by BATEMAN for Kenmare. In 1994, BATEMAN supplied and commissioned a 7 500 t/yr graphite-processing plant at Ancuabe in northern Mozambique.

The process at Moma will be based on proven technology, comprising dredging, concentrating and separating the mineral sands. The wet- and dry-processing plants to be used are existing units acquired from BHP-Billiton's Beenup project in Western Australia, which have been disassembled and will be shipped to Mozambique. The dry separation plant will be upgraded under subcontract to incorporate an enhanced zircon processing circuit and a new rutile circuit.

With resources to sustain production at the initial production level for 80 years, the annual production will be approximately 615 000 t of three ilmenite products containing between 50 and 60 % titanium dioxide (TiO2), approximately 40 000 t of premium- and 20 000 t of special-grade zircon and 15 000 t of premium-grade rutile. Moma will, it is believed, have the lowest production cost of mineral sands apart from the existing Richards Bay operation in South Africa. In the first 20 years, it is estimated that the plant will generate between $85M and $90M annually against projected costs of $23M.




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