Albidon Mine Zambia limited in Mazabuka says it has mined 40,000 metric tonnes of Nickle ore in readiness for testing the Mill, Crusher and Concentrator which has been set for April 28.
General Manager for Corporate affairs, Sixtus Mulenga however told ZANIS in Mazabuka today that the April 28, event does not mark the official production day but will provide an avenue on which the testing of the production process will be done in readiness for the official launch mid this year.
Dr Mulenga said the 40,000 metric tonnes have already been mined and stock pilled on the surface within the mine premises.
He said the remarkable progress at Munali mine is as a result of the commitment by all staff.
Dr Mulenga also disclosed that the life span of the mine is likely to increase from the projected 10 years following the positive explorations results.
Currently the initial Nickle production stands at 900,000 metric tonnes per annum although the mine has projected a further increase of 1.2 Metric tonnes per annum.
And Mines Minister Kalombo Mwansa who toured the mine last Friday to familiase himself with the progress recorded since the ground breaking ceremony which was launched by President Mwanawasa last year expressed happiness at the remarkable progress recorded so far.
”It is unbelievable that you can complete ahead of schedule even with the shortage of Cement that has hit the country, I cannot even remember where we stood during ground breaking ceremony because it was all bush” said Dr Mwansa.
Dr Mwansa also commended the staff at Albidon mine for their commitment and dedication to work.