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New milestones at Molo in Madagascar

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Civil and earthworks have been initiated at NextSource’s Molo graphite mine in Madagascar in preparation for the delivery and installation of the processing plant. Image credit: NextSource Materials

New milestones at Molo in Madagascar

Civil and earthworks have been initiated at Canadian based company NextSource Materials’ Molo graphite mine in Madagascar.

The construction work is in preparation for the delivery and installation of the processing plant at Molo. In addition, the company said in a statement that the offsite fabrication and construction of the auxiliary buildings and structures have been completed and these are in the process of being delivered to the mine site.

According to NextSource’s President and CEO, Craig Scherba, work crews have begun civil construction and earthworks, utilising heavy construction equipment to prepare the ground for the delivery and installation of the processing plant and auxiliary buildings.

“The work will involve site stripping and levelling, laying of foundations for buildings and structures, excavation for utility installation and road remediation,” says Scherba.

The Phase 1 processing plant was designed and built using an all-modular approach and is capable of processing 240,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of ore and producing approximately 17,000tpa of high-quality SuperFlake graphite concentrate.

Scherba says that the processing plant, which was fully assembled at an offshore facility and had successfully passed factory acceptance testing and final verification, had been dismantled, packaged, and is ready to be shipped to the mine site.

“The processing plant is expected to be delivered to the mine site in Q2 2022, followed by installation and commissioning in Q3 2022,” Scherba adds.

Updated phase 2 PEA Technical study

NextSource announced updated results for the Phase 2 Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for an enhanced Phase 2 expansion at Molo.

The PEA considers an enhanced Phase 2 expansion consisting of a stand-alone processing plant with a production capacity of 150,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of graphite concentrate over a 26-year life of mine (LoM).

The PEA assumes the Phase 2 processing plant is built adjacent to the Phase 1 processing plant currently under construction.

Scherba says that the PEA was updated to reflect changes to the processing plant power cost assumptions involving the consumption of diesel fuel.

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