Nickel mine closed after chemical spill

Ravensthorpe nickel mine in Western Australia remains closed after a chemical spill last month.

On December 15th 2014, First Quantum Minerals advised a structural failure to the atmospheric leach tank at the Ravensthorpe site.

The tank contained acid-leaching nickel in slurry and the company said the spill had been contained within the plant’s protective bunded area.

“All personnel have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported,” the company said at the time of the incident.

“The plant is currently shut down and, on the basis of information received to date, no adverse environmental effects are anticipated. Investigations to determine the cause are being undertaken.”

The mine employs around 640 people.

Vancouver-based First Quantum purchased Ravensthorpe from BHP Billiton in 2011.


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