300 employees and contractors in the country
85% recycling of waste generated at Clydach refinery
Year that Clydach refinery was opened
The acquisition of Canadian miner Inco in 2006 brought a series of new countries onto the map of Vale’s business activities. The operations incorporated included nickel refining facilities in Clydach and Acton, in the UK.
The acquisition of Canadian miner Inco in 2006 brought a series of new countries onto the map of Vale’s business activities. The operations incorporated during this process included nickel refining facilities in Clydach and Acton, in the United Kingdom.
Opened in 1902, Clydach refinery is one of the oldest in the world. Today, the plant produces refined nickel in the form of powder and pellets, sold to more than 280 customers in over 30 countries across Europe, Asia and the USA. The refinery is supplied with nickel oxide, an intermediate product, from Vale’s smelters in the Sudbury region of Canada.
In early 2014, Clydach refinery won a Shingo Prize silver medal for operational excellence. The Shingo Prizes, created 25 years ago, are considered the “Nobel Prize of industry,” according to US magazine Business Week. This was the first time a UK company had received this recognition.
In addition to mining activities, relations between Vale and the United Kingdom also take place in the area of knowledge. In 2013, the company entered into a partnership with the British Geological Survey. Founded in 1835, this is the oldest geological research centre in the world and the leading organization of its kind in the UK. The aim of the partnership is to incorporate into our operations the concepts developed by this renowned British institution.
Reducing waste is one of the major challenges facing Vale’s operations across the world. In Clydach, our employees obtained excellent results in 2011, recovering or recycling 85% of the waste generated in the refinery, including hazardous residues. The next target is to recycle or reuse 100% of the waste generated, including by generating renewable energy, over the coming years.
Located in Wales since 1902, this is one of the oldest nickel refineries in operation in the world. In 2006, through the acquisition of Canadian mining company Inco, this plant was incorporated into Vale’s operations. Its current nominal production capacity is 40,000 metric tons per year. The output is transported by truck to end costumers in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. To get to costumers outside Europe, the products are taken by truck to the ports of Southampton and Liverpool and shipped out in containers.
Vale Europe also has a precious metals refinery in the UK. Located in Acton, London, this plant refines intermediate platinum group metal (PGM), gold and silver products processed at our facilities in Port Colborne, Canada. Committed to responsibility, Vale maintains close communication with the regulatory authorities, the local community and customers on subjects related to the environment. The refinery has ISO-14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates. The latter establishes standards of excellence in health and safety.
Start-up: 1925 - acquired by Vale in 2006
Production of precious metals
Vale's stake: 100% operated by subsidiary Vale Europe