The Munali project sits about 60km south of Lusaka in southern Zambia. Although it is billed as a nickel project, Munali also contains commercial quantities of copper, cobalt and platinum group metals (PGMs). Development began in September 2006 following a positive feasibility study and gaining the necessary government permits and approvals.
Production of ore for the ten-year project started in March 2008, with first concentrate being processed for stockpiling in late June 2008.
Byrnecut Zambia was contracted at the project to undertake the mechanised development and production activities, as well as fleet maintenance and work force training.
Poor market conditions saw the suspension of operations during 2009, however Byrnecut continued to stay involved with the project and was instrumental in the re-start of operations in 2010.
Using long hole open stoping methods the project extracted 900,000t of ore per year.
Byrnecut’s experience and commitment to safety and training saw the development of local mining skills exceed expectation to the point that Byrnecut with confidence can employ skilled and semi-skilled Zambian people at its other contracts around the world, including Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and Mali.