About Us

We are the Philippines’ largest producer of lateritic ore, and one of the largest in the world. It was over forty years ago when our first operation, Rio Tuba, made its initial shipment of ore to Japan. Today, we have four operating mines and other properties for nickel, copper and gold in various stages of exploration.

We export saprolite and limonite ore to our customers in China and Japan, who process our ore to produce ferronickel and nickel pig iron (NPI), used for the production of stainless steel. Locally, two of our mines sell limonite ore to downstream processing plants of our associate companies, which produce an intermediate product for further processing in Japan into refined metal and a product for batteries for the electric vehicle market.

Our Rio Tuba operation in Bataraza, Palawan, is the exclusive supplier of limonite ore to Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC), the Philippines’ first hydrometallurgical nickel processing plant. CBNC, commissioned in 2005, has a capacity of 24,000 tonnes of contained nickel and 1,500 tonnes of contained cobalt per year in the form of a mixed nickel-cobalt sulfide. We have a 10% equity interest in CBNC.

Our Taganito operation in Claver, Surigao del Norte, is also the exclusive supplier of limonite ore to Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation (THPAL), the Philippines’ second hydrometallurgical nickel processing plant. Built at a cost of USD 1.7 Billion and commissioned in 2013, it has an expanded capacity of 36,000 tonnes of contained nickel and 3,000 tonnes of contained cobalt per year. We also have a 10% equity interest in THPAL.

Hinatuan Mining in Taganaan, Surigao del Norte and Cagdianao Mining in Valencia, Dinagat Islands, are our two other nickel operations. We are further exploring and planning for the development of a 5th operation, Dinapigue Mining in Isabela.

Beyond our mineral resource operations, we have diversified into renewable energy through Emerging Power Inc. (EPI), which operates a 32 MW solar plant in the Subic Bay Freeport and which has geothermal service contracts in the provinces of Mindoro and Biliran. We have a 86.29% equity interest in EPI.

We remain focused on growth as we take our responsibilities to our communities and to the country in general very seriously. At the heart of this sense of responsibility is our commitment to operate in a sustainable manner, nurturing active communities, protecting the environment and ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone whom our operations touch.

Our efforts to keep faithful to the principles of sustainable development in all our operations have not gone unnoticed, as we have received awards and recognitions many times over. Our most notable achievement was the selection of our Rio Tuba operation among entries from other ASEAN countries as the winner in the first ever ASEAN Mineral Awards in the category of Best Practices in Sustainable Mineral Development, given during the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Minerals in Myanmar in November 2017. Rio Tuba was additionally recognized in 2018 as the recipient of the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award, the highest recognition for environmental excellence in our country, during the 65th Annual National Mine and Environment Conference.

Looking to the future, we seek only to be better in all that we do.