Armadale’s South African coal briquetting plant has commenced initial production as construction of the plant nears completion.

Initial production from the plant of coal briquettes has commenced, and is currently being air dried. The final drying section of the plant is currently in the commissioning phase, following which full commercial production will commence.

Product specification is monitored regularly and is dependent on the quality of the fines produced by the run of mine feedstock. Final product specification and the sale of the produced briquettes is subject to final customer confirmation, which will be based on bulk tests to be conducted at the customer’s facilities during the next 6 weeks.

Armadale, the AIM-listed investment company focused on natural resource projects in Africa, holds a 40% interest in Mine Restoration Investments’ first commercial coal briquetting plant, located  in Vryheid.

“We are delighted to report excellent progress with the commissioning of our maiden coal briquetting plant at the Anthracite Coal Mine in Vryheid,” says Jaco Schoeman, chief executive of Mine Restoration.

“Commissioning is entering its final stages prior to the commencement of full commercial production. The next important stage will be to make initial trial shipments to potential customers for feedback in the final specifications of the briquettes produced.“

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