First Quantum is a leading mining and metals processing 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.
To learn more about our operations around the world you can visit our global site here.
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 expanding our mining operation with the opening of our new nickel deposit, known as Shoemaker-Levy, extending our mine life by at least 20 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.
You can keep up to date with the progress on our global site here.