Ambatovy Nickel Project
- Reference: P-MG-BAA-002
- Approval date: 02/05/2007
- Start date: 26/03/2008
- Appraisal Date: 01/01/2007
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: AMSA / DMSA
- Location: Toamsina
The project, which is one of the world's largest lateritic nickel mines, involves development of n open pit mine, ore preparation plant (OPP) at the mine site, a 220 Km slurry pipeline to transport the slurry ore to the coast, a pressure acid leach process plant, a metals refinery, and all plant associated facilities including acid production, water, power and steam generation facilities, tailing disposal dam, port expansion and new roads and railway line. Once fully operational, the project will have the annual capacity to produce 60,000 tonnes of high grade construction and nickel, 5,600 tonnes of cobalt, and 190,000 tonnes of ammonium sulphate fertilizer. The project life is 30 years, which includes a mine-reserve life of 27 years and construction period of 3 years.
Labor and Employment: The operations group at the mine site continues to ramp up with new national employees and expatriate. The current total employment is 11,322 of which 9190 or 78% are nationals and the remaining 2530 are foreigners. About 888 or 10% of the nationals are female. The table below shows the operations workforce by location and local and expatriates.
Resettlement Villages: The overall progress of productive and commercial activities (including schools and a medical center) in both resettlement sites is impressive in terms improved standard of living of the population. A recent nutrition evaluation indicated that the percentage of children at risk of severe malnutrition has reduced by 17.7% in the past six months. Moreover, both sites have now 130 basins for fish farming. It is expected that this productive activity will not only raise the income of the population but also dramatically improve their overall health and nutrition.
Health: There were 193 medical consultations during the reporting period. In addition, 32% of consultations came from non-residents. It was reported that the main diseases affecting the population are acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, and malaria. These diseases mainly affected children under the age of five. There is a full time Doctor in clinic. An HIV/AIDs campaign was initiated in June 2009. Population Services International (PSI) was contracted by the project to educate Health, Security and Environment (HSE) supervisors at the Plant site. To date 52 HSE supervisors were trained. A report on the social aspects of the project is prepared on quarterly basis. The mission requested the sponsor to share the report with lenders.
M'PENG BAYOI Daniel Constant - OPSD4