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Cabo Delgado: Syrah Resources Resumes Operations at its Graphite Mine After Attacks Last Week

Cabo Delgado: Syrah Resources Resumes Operations at its Graphite Mine After Attacks Last Week

Australian company Syrah Resources announced today, November 14, the return to the Balama mine in Cabo Delgado, evacuated on Friday due to the proximity of armed attacks.

After contacts with authorities, the company decided “to start today the return of the workforce to the site and restart operations at Balama,” according to a statement released with the Australian stock exchange.

The evacuation of the mine on Friday followed warnings about insecurity in Namuno, 50 kilometers away. Other graphite and ruby mining companies have already been the target of attacks since June, in which at least two people died. The attacks forced the evacuation of the operation sites due to the spread of armed rebels into the south of the province.

Troops from Rwanda and Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries helped Mozambican forces regain control of the gas projects area, causing the rebels to start attacking in new locations.

The insurgency has lasted since 2017, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.

In the case of Syrah Resources, operations have endured a troubled year. In June, the logistics chain had already been temporarily suspended due to attacks perpetrated near the road through which graphite is flowed.

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In September, another halt was caused because of a strike.

The Balama mine began commercial production four years ago and was highlighted in December when Syrah Resources announced a deal with electric vehicle multinational Tesla, which intends to use graphite from the mine, presented as one of the largest reserves of the ore in the world.

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