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Bindura Nickel Corp (BNC)

Full name:
Bindura Nickel Corporation (BNC)
Mwana interest:
Mwana Africa holds a 75.4% interest in BNC. BNC is listed on the Zimbabwean Stock Exchange.
Assets and operations:
The company owns and operates the Shangani and Trojan nickel mines, which have hoisting and treatment capacity of 1.0Mt and 1.1Mt a year respectively.
Construction of an upgraded concentrator at Trojan, designed to improve nickel recovery and reduce the talk content of the concentrate, was completed in February 2008. Other projects include the redeepening of the Trojan shaft, and construction of a conveyor decline at Shangani.
BNC also owns the Bindura Smelter and Refinery complex which produces high quality nickel cathodes, copper sulphide and cobalt hydroxide. Alongside material from the Trojan and Shangani mines, the plant has toll treated nickel concentrates and nickel matte from third parties to utilise spare capacity. Current smelter capacity is 17,000tpa and for the refinery 14,500tpa. Construction of an oxygen injection plant was completed in 2008.
BNC also owns the large Hunters Road nickel deposit which is a pre-development nickel project.
Current status and prospects:
The Shangani and Trojan mines and the Bindura Smelter and Refinery complex were placed on care and maintenance in November 2008 as a result of continued operating difficulties in Zimbabwe and a sharp decline in the price of nickel.
Operating conditions have improved and management is seeking to restart the BNC assets in a phased manner. The first phase is to restart the Trojan mine and to sell Nickel in concentrate. BNC announced in February 2011 that it had signed an offtake agreement with Glencore International who will purchase the concentrate produced by Trojan.
In September 2012 BNC completed a restructuring and recapitalization that involved a rights issue and placing which has allowed the company to restart its Trojan mine. First concentrate, following the restart, was sold in April 2013.

Competent Person’s Report on Trojan Nickel Mine (PDF - 3.8MB)
Prepared by SRK Consulting (UK) Limited
September 2013

Reserves and Resources

Bindura Nickel Corporation - Reserves
Classification of Reserves Tonnage (000t) Grade (%) Nickel (t)
Proved
Trojan 2,166 0.89 19,254
Shangani
Hunter's Road
Total 2,166 0.89 19,254
       
Probable
Trojan 1,002 1.37 13,721
Shangani
Hunter's Road
Total 1,002 1.37 13,721
       
Total Proved & Probable 3,168 1.04 32,975
Bindura Nickel Corporation - Resources
Classification of Resources Tonnage (000t) Grade (%) Nickel (t)
Measured
Trojan 2,235 1.01 22,572
Shangani 1,840 0.58 10,750
Hunter's Road
Total 4,075 0.96 33,322
       
Indicated
Trojan 1,946 1.52 29,583
Shangani 480 0.59 2,840
Hunter's Road 36,437 0.55 200,404
Total 38,863 0.57 232,827
       
Inferred Resources
Trojan 4,038 1.63 65,817
Shangani 9,710 0.56 54,280
Hunter's Road
Total 13,748 0.62 120,097
 
Note:
  • The effective date for the Trojan resource statement is June 2013, and, the effective date for the Shangani resource statement is August 2008.
  • The effective date for the Hunters Road resource estimate is May 2006. The JORC compliant Hunter’s Road resource of 36,437kt is found in the West Ore body of Hunter’s Road and includes 2,377kt of resource which forms part of a 30m cap of oxide ore mineralisation. In addition, in 1993, an Anglo American MinRED estimate showed 11,000kt grading 0.43% Ni approximately 600m east of the West Ore body of Hunter’s Road which is not included in the resource shown above.