Walkabout Resources’ latest batch of containers with equipment for the Lindi Jumbo processing plant has departed the port of Qingdao in China en route to Tanzania.
“The shipment was originally expected to be sent in December 2022, however, COVID-19 impacts caused delays,” said Andrew Cunningham, Walkabout Resources Chief Executive Officer, revealing that shipment set off mid-January.
Shipment of equipment includes all the remaining plate and steelwork required to finish off the crushing, screening and fine ore bin areas.
In addition, the beam supports the flotation cells enabling the placement and installation of the flotation cells and plate and steelwork for the platforms around flotation cells and attrition Mills.
“Equipment en route to Tanzania will allow for the near completion of the mechanical installation of the front-end of the processing plant (crushing, milling and concentration circuits),” said Cunningham.
He said once received, the shipment will allow further significant site works to erect the bulk of the remaining equipment at Lindi Jumbo while the civil works continue in preparation of the delivery of the remainder of the equipment.
Meanwhile payment for the shipment has been deferred by Jinpeng until funding is in place.
“Jinpeng, the EPC contractor for the Lindi Jumbo graphite mine, has agreed to defer payment for the contractual milestone payment triggered by this shipment until full construction funding is in place.”