METALS & MINERALS
Our nickel assets in Canada consist of Raglan Mine and Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO), based in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, respectively.
Nickel and copper are the primary metals, but we also produce cobalt and precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum and palladium.
Nickel is mainly used to make stainless steel: it adds strength and corrosion resistance to the steel. With its ability to handle high temperatures, nickel features in specialty steels and superalloys found in jet engines, as an example.
Nickel compounds are used in batteries – increasingly so in the powerful batteries used in electric vehicles helping facilitate our transition to a low-carbon economy.
Glencore Canada’s nickel business in numbers (2020)
industrial sites: Raglan Mine & Sudbury INO
employees and contractors
ongoing projects to extend the life of our mines
years in the recycling business
While we’ve been mining nickel-copper ores in the Sudbury area of northern Ontario since 1929, and in the extreme north of Quebec when Raglan Mine went into production in 1997, capital approvals for the Onaping Depth Project and Sivumut Project were granted at each location in 2017, respectively.
These projects, representing more than one billion dollars of investment, change the outlook for the future of the nickel business in Canada. The Onaping Depth Project, an ultra-deep mine, has the potential to extend the life of Sudbury INO to 2035. Likewise, Raglan Mine’s Sivumut Project will extend mine life more than 20 years beyond its existing mines. These two projects represent an exciting future and an opportunity to fulfil our Purpose to responsibly source the commodities that advance everyday life.
We’re proud of our people for upholding our Purpose to responsibly source these commodities. That responsibility comes in many forms. Safety, as always, comes first.
While Raglan Mine and Sudbury INO are distinct, yet connected businesses, they are bound by more than nickel, such as the value of safety. Industry recognition validates how seriously they take this matter. Most recently, in May 2021, Raglan Mine took home the 2020 John T. Ryan National Trophy for the best safety performance in Canada in the Metal Mines category from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), an acknowledgment they jointly shared with another Glencore Canada mining operation, Matagami Mine (part of our zinc and lead business). These two sites effectively proved themselves as the safest mine operations of the year across the country.
Similarly, Sudbury INO maintains a strong record of safety performance. Its Nickel Rim South Mine was honoured with a similar regional award for the Province of Ontario in 2018, which came on the heels of its Fraser Mine winning the same award the year prior.
We firmly believe in open and transparent safety conversations to maintain our industry-leading performance and have asked our employees to keep the conversation going with the following Speaking SafeNickel series.
Given the exciting digital age we live in, we are not shy to explore the use of innovation and technology to push forward on the safety front. As an example, we are exploring the use of autonomous vehicle technology that ensures that miners can increasingly sit safely and comfortably above ground and work away from the physical risks presented by operating underground in the mine.
Pioneering autonomous vehicle technology
Beyond safety, an obvious manner in which we can uphold our Purpose to responsibly source the commodities that advance everyday life is through recycling. We recycle a wide variety of complex end-of-life electronics in order to extract sustainable metals, helping support a circular supply chain that gives a second life to products that might otherwise be sent to landfill.
We invite you to read more about Raglan Mine and Sudbury INO by visiting their respective websites where they share more detailed information about what they do and who they are.