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Project Status

Following completion of the DFS, the Project is being developed through a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase with the first construction elements anticipated in 2017. Production is anticipated 24 months later.

For more information on the DFS click here.
For more information of the Starter Project click here

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Definitive Feasibility Study

  • Q1 SRK engaged to prepare Definitive Mining Study incorporating mine geotechnical, hydrology, hydrology and dewatering, mine optimisation, mine planning, IPCC and scheduling, capex and opex;
  • Q1 Ausenco engaged to prepare full definitive Engineering Study including process development, civil geotechnical, mechanical, electrical, slurry pipeline, jetty and shiploader, overall study management, capex and opex.
  • Q1 WSP Genivar engaged to prepare IFC compliant Environmental & Social Impact Study;
  • Q1 Geophysical surveys (seismic and SRTM?) over mine, plant, logistics and port sites to guide geotechnical, hydrogeological and other civil engineering studies;
  • Q2 Geotechnical drilling programmes covering project infrastructure areas at mine, plant site, logistics corridor & port site;
  • Q1 Four x 12m shipping containers with 55 tonnes bulk sample by sea freight Pointe Noire to Cape Town;
  • Q2 Comminution test work on 57 bulk samples of Hinda ore using full scale production MMD sizers and screening proves efficacy of simple two stage sizing to achieve bi-modal size distribution over a wide range of ore grades;
  • Q2 Pilot scale ball milling and screening proves low energy input for milling (4.5kW/t) and prepares representative float feed;
  • Q3 Pilot scale float testing operates continuously in equilibrium to produce a 32% P2O5 phosphate rock concentrate.

Advanced Pre-Feasibility Study (APFS)

The Advanced Pre-Feasibility Study, finalised in November 2013 and headed by Tenova Bateman Technologies (Israel) confirmed the world-class characteristics of the Hinda Project, including:

  • Hinda Deposit one the world’s largest undeveloped phosphate deposits with JORC Compliant Reserves at 433Mt at 10.65% P2O5.

  • Average ore body thickness of 60m making the Hinda Deposit one of thickest sedimentary deposits globally.

  • JORC compliant Reserves supporting a 26 year mine life with annualised production of 4Mtpa of 32% P2O5 phosphate rock from 20km of a 100km identified strike-length.

  • Ability to undertake “strip-mining”, with free digging ore, and conventional screening and flotation to produce market grade 32%P2O5 phosphate rock.

  • Highly attractive project economics with US$2.01 billion NPV at 8% discount, an ungeared, post tax IRR of 50%, paying back the project capital cost of US$563m in 16 months.

The mine design uses low cost strip mining with in-pit crushing and conveying with a strip ratio of 1:1 during the first 4 years of production. ROM ore is subjected to simple secondary sizing, screening and pre-concentrate milling, upgrading the feed to plant to 19%P2O5. Conventional two-stage flotation produces a market grade 32% P2O5 rock with very low heavy metals and a Minor Element Ratio “MER” within market limits.

The ore will be conveyed to port in a 14” slurry pipeline. At port site, the slurry is dewatered and dried in rotary kiln. A dry storage facility feeds a 3,000 tonne per hour, covered conveyor and ship-loader on a purpose built jetty accommodating vessels up to 60,000 dwt.

The Operating Cost per tonne at US$36.5 FOB Pointe Noire, places the Hinda Project as one of the most attractive phosphate projects globally.