We operate one of the world’s largest producers of ferronickel, located in Northern Colombia, which is an important driver of the local economy.
One of the world’s major producers of ferronickel is our Cerro Matoso open-cut mine in northern Colombia.
For more than 35 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.
Since mining began at Cerro Matoso we have improved and expanded our operations.
Our nickel laterite mine and smelter is a major 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.
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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.
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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 AffairsCerro Matoso Planta