The ore extracted from our mines is crushed, ground and processed on site to produce a nickel-copper concentrate. Approximately 1.5 million tonnes of ore is treated yearly at the concentrator resulting in approximately 40,000 tonnes of nickel-in-concentrate annually.
The nickel concentrate is trucked 100 km to the Deception Bay seaport facilities, where it is kept in a dome warehouse until shipped to Quebec City via the 27,000-metric tonne capacity ice breaker (MV Arctic). Upon arrival, the concentrate takes a train to Glencore's smelter in Sudbury. After this 950 km journey to Northern Ontario, Raglan Mine's concentrate is melted and cast into matte, which is sent back to Québec City via rail, then shipped to Glencore's refinery in the coastal city of Kristiansand, Norway, where the unwrought mineral is turned into pure metals before being sold around the world.