New Caledonia

Goro (VNC) Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeOpen Pit
StatusActive
Commodities
  • Nickel
  • Cobalt
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
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SnapshotThe Goro nickel-cobalt mine is a fully-integrated mining operation involving an open-pit mine, a processing plant and a port facility.

Following the takeover, the Goro facility was successfully restarted with a focus on producing tonnes mixed hydroxide precipitate (MHP), a chemical form of nickel and cobalt that can be used in the batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs).

Production numbers have not been publicly available since 2020.

Owners

SourceSource
CompanyInterestOwnership
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd. 19 % Indirect
Societe de Participation Miniere du Sud Caledonien SAS 30 % Indirect
Compagnie financière de Prony 30 % Indirect
Prony Resources New Caledonia (operator) 100 % Direct
Caledonian interests have a majority share of ownership (51% including 30% for the Societe de Participation Miniere du Sud Caledonien SAS (SPMSC) and 21% for employees of Prony resources (with 12%) and local populations (with 9%). Trafigura, the world’s third largest trader of raw materials has 19% ownership. Finally, La Compagnie financière de Prony, which brings together industrial investors, clients and the management of Prony Resources, has the remaining 30% of shares.

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Deposit type

  • Laterite
  • Saprolite

Summary:

The Goro plateau is one of the major areas of lateritic New Caledonia. It consists of oxidized ores of two categories:

Lateritic ore (upper profile), richer in iron oxides.

Saprolite ore (lower profile), or magnesium-silicate mineral.

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Mining Methods

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Comminution

Crushers and Mills

Milling equipment has not been reported.

Processing

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Production

CommodityUnits202020192018201720162015
Cobalt t  ....  Subscribe1,7032,1042,7803,1882,391

Operational metrics

Metrics2021202020192018201720162015
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Ore tonnes mined  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe2,495 kt2,620 kt3,030 kt2,919 kt2,561 kt

Production Costs

Commodity production costs have not been reported.

Financials

Units2020201920182017
After-tax Income M USD  ....  Subscribe -2,055   351   -572  

Heavy Mobile Equipment

Fleet data has not been reported.

Personnel

Mine Management

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