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Resumption of mining operations at Munali Nickel Mine in Zambia

Metal News - Published on Fri, 19 Apr 2019

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Mabiza Resources and its major investor, Consolidated Nickel Mines Ltd, announced the resumption of mining operations at the Munali Nickel Mine, located in Southern Zambia. The refurbished mine was officially opened by His Excellency Edgar Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia at a ceremony with key dignitaries from Government, including the Minister of Mines, the Honourable Richard Musukwa, MP and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Dr Chitalu Chilufya, MP. Since CNM became the new operators of the Munali Nickel Mine in 2014, the experienced team has invested over USD 50 million to restart the mine. CNM has undertaken a complete reassessment of the project. All key technical aspects have been reviewed and re-engineered, from re-interpreting the orebody, changing the mining method, to revising the metallurgical process with the introduction of Dense Media Separation technology and differential flotation.

The Munali Nickel Mine comprises an underground mining operation extracting nickel sulphide ore, DMS technology and standard flotation circuit to produce a 10-12% nickel concentrate. The mine expects to ramp-up production to steady-state levels of 60,000tpa by Q4 2019. The mine is managed by an all-Zambian management team and currently has a workforce of 380 people, of which 10% are women.

Mr Matthew Banda, General Manager, the Munali Nickel Mine, and Mabiza Resources said that "It is with great pride that we celebrate the official opening of Zambia's newest nickel mine, the Munali Nickel Mine. Today marks a new beginning for the mine with a bright future ahead, backed by an experienced investor Consolidated Nickel Mines. We are committed to being a responsible miner and ensuring the socio-economic benefits created by the mine are lasting and shared with our local communities and host government."

Mr Simon Purkiss, CEO of CNM, said that "Today is the culmination of nearly four years of hard work by the team and has involved a full reassessment of the project to de-risk it both technically and economically. I'd like to thank all the stakeholders involved - our employees and contractors, local communities, business partners, regulatory authorities and Government - who have contributed to our plan to re-start operations at the Munali Nickel Mine. This is a tremendous accomplishment."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 19 Apr 2019
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