Commissioning of AIM-listed AfriTin’s processing plant at its Uis tin project in Namibia has commenced and is being conducted in a phased approach.
The commissioning will start with the testing of mechanical installations and progress to continuous ore beneficiation.
The plant consists of two main parts: a 4-stage crushing circuit and a 3-stage concentrating circuit.
The C4 stage of commissioning, which involves passing ore material through the circuit, is scheduled for end of May 2019 for the crushing circuit and end of June 2019 for the concentrating circuit.
During the commissioning, the plant will produce initial tin concentrate; however, hot commissioning and continuous plant operations will likely commence in July 2019. This represents a slight deviation from previous guidance AfriTin stating that commercial tin concentrate production will commence in Q2, 2019.
The is due to longer than expected lead times in the procurement of equipment, material and construction services.
Commissioning will be followed by a production ramp up spanning four months with the goal of achieving design capacity before the end of Q4, 2019.
Mining contractors have been mobilised and have commenced with continuous mining operations at the Uis mine.