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 30 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 and 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.
We've found an innovative solution to turn waste into soil.See case study
We're part of an important agreement, the Alliance for the Social for Alto San Jorge, with the national and regional governments of Colombia, to better the lives of more than 140,000 Alto San Jorge locals, in southern Cordoba, where we operate.
To drive community development, we have set up the Cerro Matoso Foundation, which focuses on improving essential services, economic development and building infrastructure. Over the past two years, we have contributed more than US$1.3 million to Pueblo Flecha, an Indigenous community close to our operations.
To help air quality, we’ve installed smokeless stoves and air vents in homes.Read more
We donated a building to the University of Córdoba to advance education.Read more
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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.