Success for Kropz with introduction of first ore to Elandsfontein plant

2022-01-07T11:16:07+00:00 January 7th, 2022|Bulletin|
Early morning aerial view of Elandsfontein processing plant, Earth Plant. Credit by: Kropz Plc

Early morning aerial view of Elandsfontein processing plant, Earth Plant. Credit by: Kropz Plc

On 23 December 2021, the African phosphate developer, Kropz Plc (AIM: KRPZ), announced the first introduction of ore to the plant at the Company’s Elandsfontein mine, located in the Western Cape in South Africa.

Now that ore has been introduced to the plant, the team says it is ensuring all the front end circuits are balanced and running stably. The flotation circuits will then be commissioned, and the reagents added in due course for the production of the first concentrate.

Commissioning activities will transition into full scale ramp-up of the mining and beneficiation plant over the coming six months. Mining activities commenced in October 2021, and significant volumes of ore are available to support the commissioning ramp-up, says Kropz Plc.

CEO Mark Summers said, “The introduction of ore to the processing plant reflects the successful culmination of the construction phase and signals the commencement of the next chapter in the Company’s development. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the tireless efforts of all of those involved in reaching this milestone safely and on time, despite the many challenges that the past two years have presented.”

First phosphate rock ore exports from Elandsfontein are expected in Q1 2022. The company says that Transnet has provided a draft port access agreement to support the long-term export of Elandsfontein’s phosphate rock through the port of Saldanha. The contract is currently being finalised between the parties.

It was anticipated that the imported reagents required for the recovery of phosphate concentrate would be delivered by the end of December, however, the supply chain situation proved a challenge at the time, with the force majeure declared by Transnet Port Terminals in Cape Town on 21 December 2021, presenting risk to the project. The Company was investigating options to off-load containers at alternative ports and transport the commodities to the mine site by road to arrive early this year.

Potential effects of Covid-19 remain a risk to the successful completion of commissioning. The Company has however mitigated this risk to date, as far as reasonably practicable, through compliance with the Kropz Covid-19 policies and procedures.