The Fenix ferronickel project involves refurbishing and upgrading an existing, mothballed, mine and plant. The original
facility, Eximbal, produced nickel-matte from the project’s saprolite resource from 1977 to 1980.
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Goro is among the richest
undeveloped laterite ore bodies in the world, with excellent average grades, 55 million tonnes of estimated measured and
indicated mineral reserves, and a very large resource base.
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The $2.3-billion greenfield nickel project was kicked off in October 2006. It will exploit the Onça Puma nickel laterite property in Para State, Brazil, in the lower Amazon River basin.
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The process involves production of nickel/cobalt hydroxide intermediate product at Ravensthorpe in Western Australia, which is shipped to the QNI Yabulu Refinery in Townsville, on the east coast of Australia, for further refining.
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A major greenfield metallurgical development complex for ferronickel from laterites. It comprised a pilot plant, and
subsequently, a full-scale production plant.
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