New Caledonia: South Pacific
Derek Gee Installations Pty Ltd were contracted on the Goro Nickel Project on the South Pacific Island of New Caledonia from the beginning of 2008 until the end of 2012 working with our Client, Vale (formerly Vale Inco).
Employing more than 100 people on site, including site management, supervision, QC Inspector and composites trades, we were on site to install and repair GRP pipes and tanks, and the repair of 21 pulse columns. We were also responsible for the supervision of all local and Filipino laminators.
The Goro Nickel plant is one of the largest hydrometallurgical process plants constructed, with a design capacity of 60,000 tonnes of nickel per annum. The nickel is extracted from laterite, with proven reserves of 120 million tonnes. Cobalt is also produced from saprolite deposits.
The expected annual capacity of the project is 60,000 tonnes of nickel and up to 5,000 tonnes of cobalt.