Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Aviva to complete Botswana coal mine EIA early next year

The environmental-impact assessment for the Mmamantswe coal project, in Botswana, would be completed early in 2012, the CEO of Perth-based Aviva Corporation reported on Thursday.

The project has a 895-million ton reserve, and contains some 200-million tons of export coal and 150-million tons of domestic coal.

Studies have suggested that the Mmamantswe project, which is close to the South African border, could support a ten-million-ton-a-year run-of-mine operation.

Lindsay Reed told delegates at the Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, that Aviva was currently awaiting the Botswana government’s review of its coal road map, adding that while Botswana had world-scale coal resources, the country needed further investment in export rail and domestic power infrastructure for the coal sector to develop.

He noted that key drivers for the coal road map would be the establishment of sufficient export production from Botswana, which Reed said should reach around 25-million tons a year, to underwrite a transport corridor.

A balanced production ratio between export and domestic coal production also had to be established to match market capacities, Reed said.

Meanwhile, Aviva also reported an initial base metal mineral resource at its Bumbo project, in West Kenya.
An exploration target of between 450 000 t and 700 00 t, grading between 1 g/t gold and 1.5 g/t gold has been identified at Bumbo.

“The initial resource has exceeded our expectations in terms of tons and grade. To delineate a resource within eight months of the start of drilling is a credit to our exploration team,” said Reed. (miningweekly.com)

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