Gladstone Pacific Nickel Limited (GPNL) is an Australian mining development company, which is establishing a US$3.65 billion long-life, nickel and cobalt refinery at the Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA) in Central Queensland, Australia. GPNL is planning to build the refinery at the deepwater Port of Gladstone, treating high-grade nickel laterite ores from New Caledonia and other south-west Pacific Islands, underpinned by beneficiated ores from its own Marlborough deposits.
The Project has the potential to be one of the largest nickel refineries in the world. Initially as Stage 1, the Project is looking to produce some 63,000 tonnes of nickel and 5,000 tonnes of cobalt per annum. GPNL’s Feasibility Study for Stage 1 of the Project (completed 2008) shows US$538 million profit after tax and interest in first year of full production.
The Gladstone Nickel Project (GNP) will comprise of; a high pressure acid leach (HPAL) plant and metal refinery in the Yarwun Precinct of the GSDA; nickel mines and loadout/shipping facilities in New Caledonia and potentially other south-west Pacific islands; ore importation facilities at the Port of Gladstone; a modern nickel mine at Marlborough with ore railed to the refinery at Gladstone; and a long-term residue storage facility located in the Aldoga Precinct of the GSDA.