The Plant Site is a vast industrial complex covering more than 320 ha (or about the size of 250 football fields), and is located 11 km south of the Port of Toamasina. Facilities were designed, built, and now operate in accordance with Malagasy regulations and the World Bank Groupâ€™s International Finance Corporation Performance Standards.
At the Plant Site, the ore undergoes numerous steps – collectively known as the hydrometallurgical process – which ultimately yields refined nickel and cobalt. As indicated by its name, the hydrometallurgical process makes use of water – and other chemical compounds – to progressively separate nickel and cobalt from the other materials present in the ore.
Click on the image below for a description of the steps used to transform raw ore into fully refined metals.