Savannah Resources plc (LON:SAV), the AIM quoted resource development company, is pleased to announce that it has commenced construction of the pilot plant for its bulk metallurgical test work programme at the Mutamba Project, Mozambique (‘Mutamba’ or the ‘Project’) (Figures 1-3 – See PDF). To view the press release with the illustrative maps and diagrams please use the following link:
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· Construction of a 20 tonne per hour pilot plant has commenced at the Mutamba Mineral Sands Project;
· Pilot plant will produce bulk samples of concentrate for metallurgical and product test work;
· Mozambique based AML, an experienced mineral sands engineering company, has been appointed to undertake the work; and
· Construction and commissioning is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
Savannah Resources Plc CEO, David Archer said: “We are pleased that the pilot plant construction work is now well underway at Mutamba and that good progress is being made. Once commissioned and operational, the plant will provide concentrate bulk samples for analysis and the preparation of final products for test marketing. The completion of the plant will be a key milestone for the Mutamba Consortium as we move the Project towards a development decision.”
ANUBIS MOÇAMBIQUE LIMITADA (‘AML’)
AML is a fully independent company that has provided multi-disciplinary engineering and process services to the mining industry in Mozambique since 2011.
AML and its associated company, Anubis Pty Limited (www.anubiseds.com), specialise in the mineral sands mining sector and have substantial expertise in design, construction and commissioning of process related equipment and technologies. AML’s clients have included, Kenmare Resources plc (MOMA Sands), MPDC (Maputo Port Development Company) and MOZAL.
Scope of Work (‘SoW’)
The pilot plant was constructed and tested under the direction of Rio Tinto in 2012 in South Africa (Figure 1 – See PDF) before being disassembled and packed into containers and shipped to the Mutamba site.
Figure 1. The fully operational pilot plant prior to disassembly and shipment to Mutamba
(Source: Rio Tinto) – See PDF
The SoW for AML is for the turnkey re-assembly and commissioning of the plant (Figures 2 and 3 – See PDF) and includes:
· Site survey;
· Installation of a site security fence with access lockable gate and security post;
· Bulk Earthworks;
· Preparation of the old railway line to be used as construction access road;
· Civil works, including foundations;
· Structural re-assembly;
· Processing equipment: piping, cyclones, distributors, spirals and distributors assembly;
· Electrical and control (Pumps, Level, Interlocks, Safety, PLC software);
· Mechanical: pumps, conveyor, vibrating feeder; LIMS and
· Plant commissioning.
Figure 2. Site plan showing the layout of the pilot plant – See PDF
Figure 3. Aerial view of pilot plant site – See PDF
(Source: Company Photo – August 2017)