History and location

Our Cerro Matoso open-cut mine in northern Colombia is a significant producer of ferronickel.

For almost 40 years we have operated here, in Cordoba, but nickel was first discovered in the region way back in the 1950s.

Cerro Matoso is an important driving force of the local economy and it is fair to say the mine has helped shape the region.

Big things above and below the surface

Since mining began at Cerro Matoso we have improved and expanded our operations.

Our nickel laterite mine and smelter is a significant producer of ferronickel, a nickel iron alloy which is used to make stainless steel used in everyday household items.

An impressive 95 per cent of water used in the mining operations is recycled.

Cerro Matoso Colombia

Creating value from waste

We've found an innovative solution to turn waste into soil.

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Playing our part

At South32, our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come. We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources. We care about people, the communities we’re a part of and the world we depend on.

At Cerro Matoso in Colombia, we have worked closely with surrounding communities to form agreements that have produced positive relationships and provide a strong foundation into the future. Read more here.

CMSA scholarships 2021
Higher education dreams come true

Eighteen people are set to realise their higher education dreams

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CMSA Q&P project
First ore community support

Cerro Matoso sees strong community support for Q&P project

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CMSA PAR Web card
Recognised for gender equity

Cerro Matoso named the best mining operation for promoting gender equity.

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Get in touch with Cerro Matoso

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Ricardo Gaviria

Ricardo Gaviria, Vice President Operations 

Ricardo Gaviria is a civil engineer with 30 years of experience in the natural resources industry. Ricardo’s previous position was President of Minas Paz Del Rio S.A., which is a coal operation in Colombia. Ricardo has held positions in production, planning, logistics and marketing in Colombia, the United States of America, Belgium and Ireland.

Joyce Nessin, Corporate Affairs

Cerro Matoso Planta
Km. 22 Carretera S.O
Montelíbano, Córdoba
Phone: +57 4762 3333