Anooraq could start construction of R2bn mine in 2008

Anooraq could start construction of R2bn mine in 2008

Junior platinum mining company Anooraq Resources, which lists on the JSE today, could start building a R2 billion platinum mine in early 2008 at its Ga-Phasha project in the Limpopo province.

Anooraq Resources deputy chief executive, Tumelo Motsisi, said yesterday that the company was looking to complete a prefeasibility and a bankable feasibility study by the end of next year at Ga-Phasha, a 50-50 joint venture with Anglo Platinum (Angloplat).

Consultancy Read, Swatman and Voigt has been appointed as the independent project manager to conduct the prefeasibility study.

As a rule of thumb, for each 100 000 ounces of platinum a mine produces annually, it costs R1 billion to build the mine that will extract that platinum.

The R1 billion estimate excludes the costs of building a concentrator. Motsisi said Anooraq planned to build a concentrator at Ga-Phasha.

The Ga-Phasha project, formerly known at the Paschaskraal project, had the potential to produce 200 000 ounces of platinum each year at full production, Motsisi said.

To the north of Ga-Phasha is Angloplat’s Lebowa platinum mine and to the south is Angloplat’s Twickenham platinum mine.

The project consists of four farms: Paschaskraal, Klipfontein, De Kamp and Avoca, which cover about 9 700ha.

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