Projects

Elandsfontein Phosphate

Client:

Kropz SA (formally Elandsfontein Exploration and Mining)

Location:

South Africa

Value:

US$120million

Scope:

Feasibility Study, Front End Engineering Design and Process Plant Construction

Project description

The Elandsfontein project is located ±100km north of Cape Town, near the town of Hopefield in South Africa’s Western Cape Province.

Services provided

A complete feasibility study and detailed mine design and production schedule was developed by DRA Global to yield 5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of ore and approximately 10Mtpa of overburden, consisting largely of silica sand. The processing plant beneficiates the ore and plans to recover up to 1.5Mtpa of phosphates to be used in fertiliser production. The estimated life of mine is 15 years.

Project highlights/challenges

Preparation of the mine box cut started in August 2016 and production commenced in June 2017; based on the planning, the mine will close in 2032. Concurrent rehabilitation will continue for three years after mining has ceased.

In order to access the ore, a portion of an aquifer needed to be dewatered. A critical element of the operation’s environmental responsibility was the need to ensure that fresh groundwater flowing towards the lagoon remained unaffected. A comprehensive groundwater monitoring programme was established for continuous surveillance.