Approval of the Mototolo / Der Brochen life extension project, and update on 2021 guidance and outlook
Anglo American Platinum Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1946/022452/06)
Share Code: AMS
(“The Company" or "Anglo American Platinum")
10 December 2021
Anglo American Platinum approves the Mototolo / Der Brochen life extension project,
and provides an update on 2021 guidance and outlook
- Board approves the R3.9 billion Mototolo / Der Brochen life extension project
- The Future of Mogalakwena continues to make progress
- Refined PGM production guidance for 2021 increased to between 5.0 -5.1 million ounces
Approval of the Mototolo / Der Brochen life extension project
Anglo American Platinum announces that its Board has approved the Mototolo / Der Brochen life extension
project. The development of the project leverages the existing Mototolo infrastructure, enabling mining to
extend into the adjacent and down-dip Der Brochen resource, which will extend the life of mine beyond 30
years. The approval of the project supports the Company’s strategic priority of maximising value from its
core portfolio of assets, investing capital into this life-extension project which is expected to be value-
accretive and generate strong returns.
The Der Brochen UG2 orebody will use the same bord and pillar extraction method as Mototolo mine, and
will be a fully mechanised operation, positioned in the bottom half of the primary PGM producer cost curve.
The project includes development of a new shaft to replace the depleting Mototolo reserves (Lebowa and
Borwa shafts), maintaining the 240,000 tonnes per month mining rate. With the completion of the
concentrator debottlenecking project in Q3 2021, production from Mototolo / Der Brochen is expected to be
maintained at around 250,000 PGM ounces per year.
The execution of the project will begin in Q1 2022. The total capital investment is expected to be R3.9billion
(c.$245 million) in nominal terms. Capital investment is over six years, with the majority of capital invested
in 2022, 2023 and 2024. The financial returns of the project are expected to be robust, with an IRR of over
25% and payback of around six years from first production (expected in late 2023), based on consensus
Natascha Viljoen, CEO of Anglo American Platinum, comments:
“The Der Brochen project is one example of the high-quality, low-cost expansion options we have available
in our existing portfolio of assets that will allow us to continue delivering industry-leading returns to
shareholders. We are also progressing our various workstreams at Mogalakwena to ensure we realise the
full potential of this world-class resource to the benefit of stakeholders for many decades to come. In
addition, the strong performance by our processing operations over the period illustrates the significant
work we have been doing to improve asset reliability in the business. Despite the challenges posed by
Covid-19, our business is well-positioned to continue benefiting from the strong market fundamentals for
Future of Mogalakwena
The Future of Mogalakwena (FoM) work continues to make good progress in the six workstreams, which
- Resource development plan - optimal open-pit plan, including progressing underground
- Operational efficiencies (P101) – optimise mine plan and operational performance;
- Communities – create trusting relationships and valued partnerships;
- Technology and innovation – develop and deploy technology, including hydrogen fuel-cell trucks;
- Expanding concentrator capacity – design and build the concentrator of the future; and,
- Downstream processing – utilise downstream processing to maximise value.
Each of these workstreams have a number of steps to unlock value. Whilst being integrated, it allows for
separate approval stage gates and an optimised development pathway. It is therefore important that each
workstream is fully understood to ensure the highest value creation for all stakeholders over the life of the
asset of more than 50 years. The third concentrator feasibility study, which focuses only on the capital
decision on the timing, size and technology of a third concentrator will continue into H1 2022 and will be
submitted for Board approval once completed. This revised timeline does not impact the execution schedule
of any of the workstreams. Further detail on the status of the Future of Mogalakwena project will be provided
in the 2021 Annual Results announcement on 21 February 2022.
Update on guidance and outlook
Anglo American Platinum provides an update on its operational outlook and guidance as follows:
2021 outlook 2022 forecast 2023 forecast 2024 forecast
PGM Metal in concentrate million ounces ~4.3 4.1 - 4.5 4.1 - 4.5 4.1 - 4.5
(M&C) Previously: 4.2 - 4.4 Previously: 4.2 - 4.6 Previously: 4.2 - 4.6
Platinum M&C million ounces ~2.0 1.9 - 2.1 1.9 - 2.1 1.9 - 2.1
Palladium M&C million ounces ~1.35 1.3 - 1.4 1.3 - 1.4 1.3 - 1.4
Previously: 1.4 - 1.5 Previously: 1.4 - 1.5
Other M&C million ounces ~0.95 0.9 - 1.0 0.9 - 1.0 0.9 - 1.0
PGMs refined million ounces 5.0 - 5.1 4.2 - 4.6 3.8 - 4.2 4.1 - 4.5
Previously: 4.8 - 5.0 Previously: 4.7 - 5.1 Previously: 4.2 - 4.6
Unit cost - ZAR ZAR / PGM ounce ~13,000 13,800 - 14,500
Previously: 12,000 - 12,500
Please note that PGMs stands for: platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium, and gold
Metal-in-concentrate (M&C) production is likely to be within guidance at c.4.3 million PGM ounces for 2021.
Refined production guidance has been increased from 4.8–5.0 million ounces to 5.0–5.1 million ounces
due to a continued strong performance from the ACP Phase A, leading to higher-than-expected refined
production. The majority of the build-up in work-in-progress (WIP) inventory (due to the temporary closure
of the ACP in 2020 for repairs) has been refined in 2021. The remaining build-up in WIP inventory will be
refined in 2022.
Unit cost of production in 2021 was impacted by lower-than-expected M&C production caused by increased
maintenance, as well as ongoing inflationary pressure on input costs due to higher diesel and fuel costs,
and higher consumable input costs owing to the effects of Covid-19 on supply chains, as well as logistics
constraints importing input goods into South Africa. As a result, unit cost guidance for the 2021 financial
year will increase from R12,000 – 12,500 per PGM ounce to c.R13,000 per PGM ounce.
Capital expenditure guidance is maintained at R7.0–7.5 billion. Further capital expenditure guidance will be
provided in the 2021 Annual Results release on 21 February 2022.
Due to the strong refined production performance in 2021, resulting in the majority of the built-up WIP
inventory being processed, refined production guidance for 2022 has been revised to 4.2–4.6 million PGM
ounces, to reflect the expected M&C production, the processing of the lower WIP inventory, and the
scheduled Polokwane smelter rebuild.
The first full rebuild of the Polokwane smelter is scheduled for H2 2022. This scheduled rebuild is in line
with our asset management strategy and our strategic priority of embedding resilience across the asset
base and the business, including through a detailed programme of planned maintenance for all assets.
M&C production in 2022 will be impacted by planned maintenance, particularly at the Mogalakwena South
Concentrator, which is aligned to the downtime at the Polokwane smelter. As a result, M&C production for
2022 is expected to be in the region of 4.1–4.5 million ounces.
Unit cost guidance for 2022 is expected to be R13,800 – R14,500 per PGM ounce, which reflects ongoing
inflationary pressures expected to materialise in 2022 and increased physical mining activities at
Outlook 2023 – 2024
M&C PGM production will remain flat in 2023 and 2024 as Kroondal and parts of the upper section at
Tumela mine, part of the Amandelbult complex, come to their end of life. This decrease in production is
expected to be offset by the benefits of the P101 operational excellence programme, and the modernisation
plans at Amandelbult, which should result in an increase in PGM volumes mined from the remaining
portfolio of assets.
Part of the increase in mined volumes is expected to come from Mogalakwena, with its mine plan
sequenced to mine through a higher base metals area from 2022. In conjunction with the Polokwane
smelter rebuild in H2 2022, which will lead to a higher-than-normal ratio of material to be processed from
Mogalakwena in 2023, there will be a short-term constraint on the Anglo Converter Plant (ACP). This will
result in a temporary build-up in PGM WIP inventory, resulting in lower refined PGM production in 2023 of
3.8–4.2 million PGM ounces. Refined production in 2024 should recover to 4.1–4.5 million PGM ounces.
Anglo American Platinum investor call
Natascha Viljoen, CEO, and Craig Miller, Finance Director, will host an analyst and investor call at 11:00
(CAT). The conference call pre-registration details are as below and, on our website, and a replay will be
Conference call pre-registration:
Anglo American plc investor update
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This announcement contains forward-looking statements which are based on the Company’s current beliefs
and expectations about future events. The operational and financial forecasts provided in this
announcement are estimates and have not been reviewed and reported on by the Company’s external
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Notes to editors:
Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is a leading primary
producer of platinum group metals. The company is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE).
Its mining, smelting and refining operations are based in South Africa. Elsewhere in the world, the Group
owns Unki Platinum Mine and smelter in Zimbabwe. Anglo American Platinum has two joint operations with
several historically disadvantaged South African consortia as part of its commitment to the transformation
of the mining industry. Anglo American Platinum is committed to the highest standards of safety and
continues to make a meaningful and sustainable difference in the development of the communities around
Anglo American is a leading global mining company and our products are the essential ingredients in almost
every aspect of modern life. Our portfolio of world-class competitive operations, with a broad range of future
development options, provides many of the future-enabling metals and minerals for a cleaner, greener,
more sustainable world and that meet the fast growing every day demands of billions of consumers. With
our people at the heart of our business, we use innovative practices and the latest technologies to discover
new resources and to mine, process, move and market our products to our customers – safely and
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Plan commits us to a series of stretching goals to ensure we work towards a healthy environment, creating
thriving communities and building trust as a corporate leader. We work together with our business partners
and diverse stakeholders to unlock enduring value from precious natural resources for the benefit of the
communities and countries in which we operate, for society as a whole, and for our shareholders. Anglo
American is re-imagining mining to improve people’s lives.
Date: 10-12-2021 09:02:00
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