Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed Syrah Resources’ first concentrate production at Balama graphite has come earlier than set timelines.
According to the company the production is expected end of October, though estimates had indicated that the first saleable flake product was expected in the second half of November.
Syrah says the project construction was now some 98% complete, and the front-end plant commissioning and infrastructure have been completed.
Syrah also announced that flotation commissioning will start shortly followed by filtration, drying and bagging.
The Balama operation is expected to produce an average of 365 000 t/y of graphite concentrate during its first ten years of production, to deliver free cash flow of $160-million a year.