Trojan mine, together with BSR (Smelter & Refinery), is the only fully integrated nickel producer in Africa. We have two other nickel deposits in Zimbabwe — Hunter’s Road and Shangani.
The main operation is Trojan, which has a JORC compliant, measured, indicated and inferred resource size of 1,050,555 tonnes of massive ores at a grade of 5.77% and 5,395,385 tonnes of disseminated ore at a grade of 0.83%.
The smelter re-start programme is progressing well and will have a treatment capacity of 160,000tpa to produce 20,000tpa low-sulphur matte at a grade of 67% nickel. The refinery has a capability of producing 14,500tpa of nickel cathode although it is currently on care and maintenance.
Hunter’s Road represents the long-term future of BNC, not only because of the size of its resource (200,000 tonnes at 0.55% grade), but also because of its metallurgical characteristics. Trojan’s ore has a high magnesium oxide content (MgO) and by blending it with lower MgO ore, it would bring the overall smelter’s MgO feed content down to manageable levels, thereby allowing potentially significant cost savings. Read More
Shangani is on care and maintenance. It has a measured, indicated and inferred resource size – 67,870 tonnes of contained nickel. Read More