South Africa

About the asset

Norilsk Nickel Nkomati, the only nickel concentrate producer in South Africa, is a 50/50 joint venture of NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary and African Rainbow MineA mining location for the extraction of ores.Go to the glossaryrals. The aggregate capacity of Nkomati’s concentrators stands at 625 ktpm.

Data as of 31.12.2016

Mining assets

Nkomati has a substantial resource base represented by disseminated copper-nickel sulphide ores with several major ore bodies. The Main Mineral Zone (MMZ) is comprised of a solid sulphide ore body with a relatively high nickel content. The field also contains a Peridotite Chromite Mineralisation Zone (PCMZ) with a lower metal content vs MMZ and a relatively high chromium content.

ConcentrationArtificial improvement of metallurgical feedstock mineral grades by removing a major portion of waste rock not containing any valuable minerals.Go to the glossary facilities

Norilsk Nickel Nkomati has MMZ Concentrator with an installed capacity of 375 ktpm (up to 410 ktpm) and PCMZ Concentrator with an installed capacity of 250 ktpm (up to 300 ktpm). Concentrators process the feedstock produced by open-pit and underground mining using the method of sulphide floatation. The produced concentrate is then further processed at Boliden and Kola MMCMining and Metallurgical CompanyPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel"Go to the glossaryGo to the glossary.

Product range

Nkomati is the only nickel concentrate producer in South Africa. Apart from nickel, the concentrate produced by Nkomati contains copper, cobalt, chromium and PGMPlatinum group metals taken as a whole or in any combination of platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, osmium and iridiumGo to the glossary.

Nkomati highlights

Average metal content in ore, %
Ni 0.37
Cu 0.13
Nornickel’s attributable share in the total ore mined, mt 2.8 (average nickel content — 0.37%)
Nornickel’s attributable share in the total output of nickel concentrate, kt 8.5