The discovery of large reserves of mineral resources in Mozambique has spurred many companies on to explore opportunities within the country’s mining sector. Having expanded its business into Mozambique 5 years ago, and with the opening of assembly plants in Palma and Tete, Kwikspace Modular Buildings is well positioned to benefit from opportunities that arise in the local market. As such, when the chance to supply site buildings and infrastructure to a mine site in Northern Mozambique arose Kwikspace was well placed to assist.
Northern Mozambique is touted as having one of the world’s largest high-grade graphite deposits – estimated to hold around 81.4 million tonnes at a total graphite content grade of 16.2%. With mining operations set to commence towards the end of 2016, Kwikspace was awarded an initial contract to supply a 12m x 3m eye clinic to the site.
Whilst working on the project, Kwikspace identified an opportunity to supply light steel frame roofing for the mine’s junior and senior staff accommodation units. This alleviated the need to have timber roofing brought in all the way from South Africa saving the client time and money.
Having proven their ability to deliver high quality solutions in record time, this signified the beginning of a strong working relationship between Kwikspace and the mine. Kwikspace has since provided the site with a double wide unit to be used as office space, six site accommodation units consisting of 12 bedrooms – each with their own on-suite bathrooms, electrical services and water pipelines, 25 units required for the expansion of the contractor’s camp and, most recently,24 buildings for the mine’s plant area. These units will be assembled on chassis so that they can be relocated around the site as required.
Kwikspace’s involvement in this project represents a significant milestone for the company, with this being the first time their entire product offering has been provided to one site. This includes its mobile units which are fully prefabricated off-site, its site erected units which are rapidly constructed on-site using modular components, its rental units which address the requirement for flexible, temporary space and its building solutions for the provision of roofing, water and electricity. Mindful of their extensive contribution to the project Kwikspace has its own pioneer camp on site, in which knowledgeable Kwikspace employees reside.