The Munali Nickel Mine is located in the Mazabuka District, 80kms south of Lusaka, Zambia and is accessed via newly sealed roads.
The mine consists of a fully developed and dewatered underground mine with an operational crush, mill, float plant with a capacity of 80,000tpm.
Mabiza is working on restart plan to resume mining operations at the Munali Nickel Mine, which was placed on high-level Care and Maintenance after operations stopped November 2011 due to a combination of low nickel prices and poor operational performance by the previous owners.
A Re-Start Feasibility Study has been completed to NI-43 101 standards in March 2015. All the operational permits and key technical personnel are in place for the re-start.
The mine is expected to produce around 4,500tpa of nickel in concentrate over a seven year mine life. The concentrate will contain between 10 and 12% nickel with low MgO, which makes it ideal feed for both local southern African and international smelters.
There is the potential to both increase production and extend current mine life through near-mine exploration. At full operations, Mabiza expects to provide long-term direct employment to about 400 people.
The mine has good infrastructure, with sealed road access, power from the Kafue dam hydroelectric system, which is supplied via a dedicated line and there is a rail siding 20kms from site with connections to Durban, South Africa and southern African smelters.