In early May, Danakali Limited and the Eritrean National Mining Corporation (“ENAMCO”) announced the appointment of AMC Consultants (AMC) to “support the mining contract tendering process and conduct refinement and optimization work on the definitive feasibility study (“DFS”) mine schedule.”
The announcement explained that the “revised and optimized schedule will be aligned to the revised expected processing plant output of 472kt per annum per module following a comprehensive debottlenecking exercise in the front-end engineering design (“FEED”) optimization phase.”
This systematic debottlenecking exercise combined with a full evaluation of the internal mineral processing units in the DFS design liberated an additional 47kt per annum of expected product capacity (per module), according to the company’s announcement.
The Colluli project has been described as being “at the most advanced stage of development for a greenfield primary sulphate of potash (“SOP”) project in the world. It is located in the Danakil Depression region of Eritrea, and is approximately 75km from the Red Sea coast, making it one of the most accessible potash deposits globally”.
Leading the AMC team working on the Colluli project is Jon Dray, a Principal Mining Engineer with 20 years’ experience.
An open pit mining specialist, Jon has worked on open pit projects located in Australia, Indonesia, various African countries, Tajikistan, and Russia. His mining experience includes project management, pit and waste dump optimization, processing options and throughput analyses, mine design, cost estimation, dilution and ore loss modelling, strategic and production scheduling, mining method selection, and equipment evaluation.
AMC is proud to continue to be the mining adviser of choice for the Colluli project and looks forward to working with Danakali and ENAMCO to continue to optimize the value of its mineral asset.