Long Harbour

Long Harbour

Long Harbour

​​Snapshot of Operations

Aerial view of the Long Harbour Processing Plant  

The Long Harbour Processing Plant (LHPP) began operations in 2014 and currently employs approximately 500 people, the vast majority of whom are from Newfoundland and Labrador.  The LHPP and the Voisey’s Bay mine and concentrator are an integrated operation. Nickel concentrate from Voisey’s Bay are shipped to Long Harbour to be processed into finished nickel and associated copper and cobalt products.

In designing the LHPP, Vale sought to develop a new, more efficient process for processing Voisey’s Bay concentrate than traditional smelting and refining. In advance of commercial plant construction, an extensive $200 million R&D program was launched to explore the feasibility of hydrometallurgical (hydromet) technology. Based on the success of this program, a decision was made to build a commercial-scale hydromet facility in Long Harbour.

Employee Development

Vale has established a Skills Development Centre at the mine and concentrator which provides employees with the opportunity to advance their education as well as impove their prospects for advancement while staying employed with Vale. The Skills Development Centre is the only private work site in Newfoundland and Labrador to receive Adult Basic Education (ABE) designation. 

Research and Development 

The Long Harbour processing plant uses hydrometallurgical technology which was developed following completion of a multi-phase$200 million research and development program. This R&D program was completed with support from Technology Partnerships Canada.

Find out more about the Long Harbour community and how Vale contributes to it​.

Contact our Long Harbour Operations.

Learn more through our Sustainability Report​.​​