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l sulphide ores, so that currently most of the nickel which has ever been produced came from nickel sulphide ores. Recently more and more nickel sulphide deposits are being depleted, so new mines are again using nickel engerite.
Important nickel mine operators include Vale, Norilsk Nickel and Sherritt. Nickel mines coming online and going through ramp-up in the coming years include: Ravensthorpe (Australia), Ambatovy (Madagascar), Goro (New Caledonia), Voisey Bay (Canada), Barro Alto (Brazil), Koniambo (New Caledonia) and Sotkamo (Finland).
|Name of the mine||Operations|
|Ravensthorpe mine (Australia)||open-pit nickel laterite|
|Sotkamo mine (Finland)||open-pit zinc sulphide-nickel-copper mine|