Australian mineral exploration company Syrah Resources has undertaken works to improve infrastructure at its 1 billion ton Balama graphite project in Mozambique.
The company is accelerating the developments at the Balama project, besides fostering the advancements by identifying and facilitating key infrastructure including power, water, road and port in a bid to make the project a lowest cost producer globally.
Syrah anticipates to complete the construction of 240km road connecting the Port of Pemba to Balama by the end of the year, following which the distance can be travelled on tarred road in less than 3 hours.
Also, the company has secured the Mozambique Water Authority’s nod to gain water rights from Chipembe Dam located near proposed site of the Balama processing plant.
Syrah also claimed that the company is working in collaboration with Mozambique Government to forge a long-term partnership with the Pemba Port Authority for commodity shipping through the port.
A transport and logistics study was undertaken by Ports of Africa for Syrah that has confirmed viability of graphite transport from the Port of Pemba.
The Mozambique Electricity Authority has offered to connect the Balama Project to the national grid, the company added.