METALS & MINERALS

Nickel

Glencore is a leading producer and marketer of nickel, as well as a recycler of nickel-containing materials such as batteries.

We produce some of the world’s purest nickel. Our marketing business markets nickel and nickel concentrates, as well as by-products and ferronickel. Our nickel operations are in Canada, Australia, Norway, and New Caledonia.

We produce other metals as a by-product of nickel production, including cobalt, copper, precious metals and platinum-group metals.
 

The journey of nickel

The journey of nickel

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Nickel in figures - 2021

  • 202 kt

    of nickel sold via our marketing business

  • 102 kt

    of nickel produced at our assets

Uses of nickel

Nickel is mainly used in the production of stainless steel because it improves its strength and resistance to corrosion. Nickel is also used in certain types of steel which lower magnetic properties.

Stainless steel with nickel content is omnipresent, for example in buildings, bridges and kitchen appliances. Nickel makes steel corrosion-resistant and plays an essential role in our modern world. 

As the trend towards e-mobility grows, this versatile metal is increasingly needed to produce high-performance batteries. Nickel in electric vehicle batteries helps deliver higher energy density and longer range for vehicles.

Because nickel resists high temperatures, it is used in special steel and superalloys intended for aircraft engines, among other applications.

Nickel assets

We have interests in a range of mining assets on four continents. They include:

Koniambo

New Caledonia

Koniambo is a large-scale integrated ferronickel mining and processing complex.
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Murrin Murrin

Murrin Murrin is a nickel-cobalt operation in the north-eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, producing refined nickel and cobalt metal.
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Nikkelverk

Norway

Located in Kristiansand, Nikkelverk is the largest nickel refinery in the western world – producing high-quality nickel and cobalt.
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Raglan Mine

Canada

Raglan Mine is a nickel-copper operation located in the Arctic region at the extreme limit of northern Quebec.
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Sudbury INO

Canada

Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations are located in the Sudbury basin, northern Ontario, Canada. Nickel–copper ores have been mined there since 1928. The operations also include the Sudbury smelter.
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