Operations at Vale’s open-pit mine and concentrator at Voisey’s Bay in Labrador began in 2005. This 6,000 tonnes-per-day facility produces two types of concentrate: nickel-cobalt-copper concentrate and copper concentrate. Nickel concentrate produced at Voisey’s Bay is currently processed at Vale's operations in Sudbury and Thompson, but processing will eventually shift to the new hydrometallurgical processing facility in Long Harbour, Newfoundland.
Voisey’s Bay is a fly-in/fly-out operation. Significant infrastructure is required to support the mine and concentrator and to ensure a safe and comfortable living environment for the people that work at the site.
Since Voisey's Bay is located in an area subject to land claims by both Innu Nation and the Nunatsiavut Government, we have negotiated separate Impacts and Benefits Agreements (IBA) with these two aboriginal groups. Through the IBAs, we have established specific employment commitments for Innu and Inuit and we give first consideration to aboriginal businesses to provide goods and services to our operation in Voisey’s Bay.
At present, the Voisey’s Bay operation employs about 450 people. Vale is currently completing a detailed engineering study to support the development of an underground mine. Subject to Board approval, construction would begin around 2016 and be completed in 2019. We estimate that an additional 400 people will be employed at the mine and concentrator when underground mining begins.
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how Vale contributes to them.
Contact our Voisey’s Bay Operations.
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