Phoenix Mine



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Date: : March 2002

Location: Botswana

Commodity: Nickel



Aveng Moolmans, trading as Moolman Mining Botswana, has been operating in Botswana for over a decade. Our Client, Tati Nickel Mining Company (Pty) Ltd, is owned by Norilsk Nickel Mining Company (85%) and the Government of Botswana (15%).  Norilsk Nickel is the world's leading producer of nickel and palladium, having operations in Finland, South Africa, Australia and Botswana.

The Phoenix Open Pit contract at Tati Nickel Mine, 45 kilometres east of Francistown, was awarded to Aveng Moolmans in 2001. Production on the initial 5 year contract commenced in March 2002. Further extensions were since awarded which will see the contract run up until 2015.

Moolman Mining Botswana is contracted to render the following services to the Client - drilling, blasting, loading, hauling of waste and ore, crusher feed and dewatering of the pits. Some 35 million tonnes of waste and ore is mined annually while some 12 million tonnes of ore is fed through the crushers. Prior to the commissioning of the new concentrator facility, the mining operation was highly selective. The results of the feasibility study completed in June 1999 initiated a change in the scale of mining operations and a move to a larger bulk mining unit at a lower cut-off grade. The ore body is complex and the critical risk is the identification of high grade sulphide ore which is blended with lower grade run of mine to ensure there are no short term grade fluctuations.

The site employs 860 people the majority of whom are citizens of Botswana.