Minbos completes plant design in Angola

Australian exploration and development company Minbos has completed the final design of the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for the Cabinda phosphate fertilizer plant in Angola.

The company said the plant would have an initial production capacity of 150,000 tonnes per year, which could rise to 450,000 tonnes per year. He said that based on current estimates, the plant could be commissioned in the first half of 2023.

Minbos said U.S.-based material handling equipment supplier FEECO International is finalizing manufacturing of major plant components.

The company also recently placed the last major equipment order for a chain mill after test work on bulk phosphate rock samples was shipped to the United States in late 2021.

In addition, engineering, construction and procurement management (EPCM) work is progressing rapidly with detailing, planning, planning and design work underway, he said.

Minbos managing director Lindsay Reed said the Cabinda phosphate project is of national importance for Angola.

“Working in a constrained COVID and supply chain environment over the past year has been a challenge for the Minbos team in Angola and Australia,” Reed said.

“The company looks forward to delivering the DFS and final investment decision in the coming months as we prepare to go into production in the first half of 2023.”

Leon E. Hill