Mu­nali Nickel Mine gets new lease of life af­ter USD$40-mil­lion in­jec­tion

Zambian Business Times - - MINING -

“The stud­ies have in­cluded the re-eval­u­a­tion of the ge­o­log­i­cal data, a new min­ing method to fully ex­tract the ore body, im­prove met­al­lurgy to im­prove the grade of the ore to the mill cir­cuit in or­der to have value ad­di­tion by pro­duc­ing sep­a­rate nickel and cop­per con­cen­trates.

These changes have the po­ten­tial to re­duce operation cost to make the mine eco­nom­i­cal at low nickel price,” he said.

Banda also said the recom­mence­ment of min­ing and pro­cess­ing ac­tiv­i­ties is ex­pected to im­pact 400 di­rect jobs while an es­ti­mated 350 in­di­rect jobs will be cre­ated through con­trac­tors, sub­con­trac­tors and spill over ef­fects as a re­sult of the op­er­a­tions at the mine.

So far, a suc­cess­ful blast un­der­ground was un­der­taken on 14th Septem­ber 2018. Con­struc­tion of the first ever Dense Media Separa­tor (DMS) plant in Zam­bia which will im­prove head grade from 1% to 2% and im­prove re­cov­er­ies is in progress and is ex­pected to be com­mis­sioned be­fore the end of the year.

Some key min­ing equip­ment’s have ar­rived on sight while or­der of other equip­ment have been placed. Process plant re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is on sched­ule while re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of some avail­able units is on­go­ing. The mine site has also been fenced as re­quired by the gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion.

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