Canadian Mining Journal


NICKEL: Vale to permanently close Clarabelle crushing area

Vale’s Clarabelle mill in Sudbury. (Credit: Vale SA)

ONTARIO – After a temporary closure of four months, the crushing area at the Clarabelle nickel concentrator at Sudbury is to be permanently closed. A report by the CBC said the Brazilian parent company, Vale SA, made the announcement late last week.

The company said it is more efficient to rely on semi-autogenous grinding in the mill than to operate the crushing area. The mill is treating the rest of the ore hoisted from the 125-year-old Stobie nickel mine.

A reported 13 jobs from the crushing area are at risk, although Vale has not yet announced layoffs.

Read Vale’s annual report to the community of Sudbury at