"Our highly experienced management team has a proven track record of bringing resource deposits into production. Our collective commercial experience combined with a deep technical expertise in mining, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, provides the essential combination of skills to unlock the full potential of the Kabanga nickel project in a responsible and sustainable way while delivering benefits to all our stakeholders."
Located in the north-west of Tanzania, the Kabanga nickel project hosts the world's largest development-ready nickel sulphide deposit, unmatched in scale and grade, with a mineral resource of some 2 million tonnes1 of contained nickel equivalent. Our strategy is to sustainably deliver high-grade Class 1 nickel, copper and cobalt products to feed increasing demand from Electric Vehicle (EV) battery production. The EV and energy storage markets are rapidly expanding as the world pushes to decarbonize, thereby accelerating the need for essential battery minerals such as class 1 nickel which is a key component in the manufacturing of battery cathodes.
Kabanga Nickel is committed to developing and operating a world class sustainable mine of the future that minimises its physical and environmental footprint while at the same time delivering value to all our stakeholders, including shareholders, the host nation, local communities and employees. By refining all metals in-country, rather than exporting concentrate to be processed elsewhere, Kabanga Nickel will ensure that value addition is maximised within Tanzania, thereby generating greater economic growth and skills development. Our metals production will have a significantly lower environmental impact and be more cost-efficient with the application of hydromet refining technology in place of energy-intensive smelting.
Our team’s unique combination of commercial experience in mining, strong technical expertise in mineral processing and a proven record of bringing resource projects into production, will enable us to unlock the potential of the Kabanga project and create shared value with Tanzania. We have received full support from the Government of Tanzania and are proud to have them as partners in this world class project.
Changing the game for a greener world. Welcome to Kabanga Nickel.
1 Based on total Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources Statement published in 2014 by Barrick and Glencore of 58 million tonnes of ore at an average in-situ nickel grade of 2.62% (prevailing in-situ nickel equivalent grade is 3.14% including cobalt and copper byproducts).
Kabanga Nickel Limited (formerly LZ Nickel Limited) is a private company majority owned by Keith Liddell, Chris von Christierson and Peter Smedvig (“the Founders”) and their families. The Founders, together with management, own over 95% of the Company.
Kabanga Nickel was established as part of a collaborative initiative conceived by the Founders over a decade ago. The initiative is driven by a strategy to invest in and secure world class deposits of metals and minerals essential for “green” energy and GHG emissions reductions to combat global warming and climate change.
In 2009, the Founders made their first investment in Sedibelo Platinum Limited (“Sedibelo”). Sedibelo owns a large shallow Platinum mine in production in South Africa with in-situ resources of c. 90 million ounces of Platinum Group Metals. It is well positioned to meet the foreseen rise in demand for platinum as the essential catalyst in fuel cells that underpin the green hydrogen revolution.
Lifezone Limited (“Lifezone”) is a technology and development company established by Keith Liddell to exclusively own and develop the patented rights to the Kell Process (“Kell”). Kell is a unique hydrometallurgical process invented by Keith Liddell to treat PGM and refractory gold ores without smelting or the use of cyanide respectively, resulting in major energy savings, cost benefits and a significantly reduced environmental impact. In 2011, Chris von Christierson and Peter Smedvig invested in Lifezone and have since actively supported the development and roll out of this revolutionary hydrometallurgical process. In December 2020 Sedibelo announced the construction of a Kell PGM beneficiation plant at its Pilanesberg Platinum Mine.
In 2016, the Founders each made a strategic investment in Talga Group Limited, the owner of the world’s highest-grade graphite deposit in Sweden, which is currently in development for the green production of lithium-ion battery anodes. Subsequently in 2017, they provided the seed funding for Cornish Lithium Limited which controls the exclusive rights to lithium in the most prospective granites underlying Cornwall, UK which have been demonstrated to host significant lithium in brines and hard rock.
Kabanga Nickel is the Founders’ most recent strategic venture in the battery metals supply space and is expected to be a major source of Class 1 refined nickel and cobalt end products to supply the lithium-ion battery industry.