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Chinese-Backed Nickel Mine in Central Burma Still on: Report

15 October 2013

Burma and a Chinese company are still working toward a massive nickel mining project in Mandalay and Sagaing divisions, Eleven Media reports. A report Sunday cited an official statement saying the China Non-ferrous Metal Mining Company (CNMC) and Burma’s Ministry of Mines “have formed the central supervisory committee and related sub-committees including that of quality control and that of testing full-blown operation of the mine and refinery plant” in the Tagaung Taung area. CNMC, which began exploring the area in 2004, has announced it has identified 700,000 tons of nickel in the area, and previously said it would begin the project in 2011.