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Molo’s processing plant makes landfall in Madagascar

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The processing plant for NextSource’s Molo graphite mine arrived in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar last week. Image credit: NextSource.

Molo’s processing plant makes landfall in Madagascar

TSX listed NextSource has made significant progress on phase 1 of their Molo graphite mine development in Madagascar. The processing plant arrived at the local port of Fort Dauphin last week and has cleared customs.

According to NextSource’s President and CEO, Craig Scherba, company-appointed logistics specialists have now commenced transporting all modules of the processing plant, including two mobile cranes, to the mine site.

Earthworks at the mine site are complete and civil works are on schedule to be completed by the time the processing plant arrives.

Scherba says that it will take about 45 days to re-assemble the plant, which was previously erected and underwent factory acceptance testing prior to shipment. Once re-assembled, the processing plant will undergo site acceptance testing, which is the final step before mine commissioning.

The pre-fabricated units for the camp accommodations and auxiliary buildings have also arrived at site and assembly of these support structures will commence shortly.

“Now that the processing plant has arrived in-country, on-site activity will ramp up significantly over the next several weeks as we begin re-assembly of the processing plant and the auxiliary buildings,” says Scherba.

Hybrid power plant in construction

According to a statement by NextSource, CrossBoundary Energy’s Madagascar subsidiary commenced construction of a solar thermal hybrid energy power plant that will drive phase 1 of the Molo mine.

Construction of the hybrid plant is on schedule with the thermal portion of the hybrid solution expected to be installed and operational at the time of commissioning of the processing plant, with the renewable energy portion following thereafter.

The hybrid plant will be located adjacent to the Molo mine site and when fully operational, will provide up to 33% of the mine’s total phase 1 electricity needs from renewable solar energy, with the remainder coming from thermal generators.

The Molo graphite project in Madagascar is one of the largest known and highest-quality graphite deposits globally, and the only one with SuperFlake graphite.

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