First Quantum is a leading mining company producing copper and nickel from operations in Africa, Latin America, Europe and here in Australia at the Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation. We are growing and now employ 20,000 people in eight countries. We are known for our ‘can do’ attitude and special technical, engineering and operational skills.
Employing 20,000 people in eight countries
Ravensthorpe processes nickel laterite ore extracted through open-cut mining. To achieve this we use a high-pressure acid leach process that results in a mixed hydroxide product for export. Our product contains about 40 per cent nickel and 1.4 per cent cobalt on a dry basis. Waste heat from the process is recovered to produce steam via three 18MW steam turbines, for the generation of power and to provide heat for the leaching process. We export our nickel concentrate and the cobalt by-product in containers to international customers via our export facility at Esperance Port.
We are currently in the process of planning a significant investment in expanding into our second stage mining area, known as Shoemaker-Levy. This major expansion will give Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation a long-term life of approximately 30 years. Our annual production is targeted at around 30,000 tonnes of nickel per annum. We have injected significant investment over the years to ensure that the site is a world-class producer of nickel and can remain competitive in global markets.