A partnership with purpose

Teck and PolyMet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Glencore, have formed a joint venture that places both the NorthMet and Mesaba mineral resources and associated above-ground assets under NewRange Copper Nickel LLC (NewRange Copper Nickel).

The joint venture will advance the responsible and sustainable development of copper, nickel, and platinum-palladium resources in the mineral-rich Duluth Complex.

NewRange Copper Nickel combines shared values, technical capacity, operating expertise, industry-leading sustainability and environmental practices, and a commitment to support present and future requirements.

The NewRange Copper Nickel joint venture will provide the metals that are essential to building a better quality of life for people around the world.

A commitment to

Sustainable Development

Responsible and sustainable mine design, development, operation and closure through innovative and modern practices.

Environmental Performance

A commitment to the highest standards of environmental performance through a respect and appreciation of nature combined with practical know-how and expertise.

Community Benefit

Early and ongoing engagement, collaboration and partnership with local communities to yield long-term, sustainable benefits.

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The Project

Responsible production of high-demand, clean-energy metals

The NewRange Copper Nickel joint venture consists of the NorthMet and Mesaba deposits, both of which are located in northeastern Minnesota, which is part of the Duluth Complex, one of the largest undeveloped accumulations of copper, nickel and platinum group metals in the world.

The NorthMet Project has received its permits and is working through litigation towards development, construction and operation of a 32,000 ton per day mine and mineral processing facility. The formation of the NewRange Copper Nickel partnership will ensure responsible and timely development of this important resource. NewRange Copper Nickel will be the first to commercially mine copper, nickel, cobalt and other platinum group metals from the Duluth Complex. The NorthMet Project features significant assets including the mineral deposit itself as well as critical infrastructure, including existing rail, roads, utilities, plant site and established supplier networks. The NorthMet mineral deposit will be mined by conventional open pit methods to a depth of approximately 700 feet below surface with ores processed using traditional crushing, grinding, mineral separation and flotation techniques to produce copper- and nickel-copper concentrates with important concentrations of cobalt, platinum, and palladium.

The Mesaba Project is one of several copper-nickel deposits within the Duluth Complex of northern Minnesota. As with the NorthMet deposit, access and infrastructure (power, road, rail and the town of Babbitt) is excellent, with the mineral property being located immediately adjacent to the NorthMet mineral deposit and to the Northshore iron ore mine. The Mesaba deposit is in early stages of design, engineering and evaluation and will be assessed for potential future development based on a thorough set of social and environmental baseline studies, public and stakeholder engagement, and necessary permitting activities. As currently conceived, the Mesaba deposit would be mined by conventional open pit methods with ores processed using traditional crushing, grinding, mineral separation and flotation techniques to produce copper- and nickel-copper concentrates with important concentrations of cobalt, platinum, and palladium.

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The Joint Venture Partners

Shared Values - Shareholder Value

With a strong alignment between both companies’ values, this joint venture is formed through a mutual understanding of the pillars of good community citizenship and environmental stewardship alongside delivering value to shareholders. Both companies share a disciplined approach to sustainability, care for the environment, and respect for communities.

Creating a reliable supply of clean-energy metals requires immediate and meaningful investments in mineral production and downstream processing capacity, without which demand has the potential to outpace supply over the next decade and beyond. New, large-scale critical mineral projects are needed to fill the expected supply gap and provide both price stability to end consumers, and supply certainty to manufacturers, empowering them to redevelop their supply chains towards a greener future. NewRange Copper Nickel has the potential to provide the United States with a locally sourced and long-term supply of clean critical minerals: nickel, cobalt, copper, palladium and platinum.

Teck American Incorporated is a subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited, a leading international mining company. Teck American is committed to responsible mine development through collaboration with communities to generate sustainable social and economic benefits, and caring for the air, water and land to maintain a heathy environment. 

It operates one of the world’s largest zinc mines, Red Dog, in partnership with NANA, a Regional Alaska Native corporation in northwest Alaska.

In addition, Teck has a diversified portfolio of copper, zinc, steelmaking coal, and energy asset investments located in North and South America. Headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Teck is committed to responsible resource development with a focus on sustainable operations, ensuring the health and safety of its people and building strong relationships with communities.

In 2021, Teck was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the 12th consecutive year, indicating that Teck’s sustainability practices rank in the top 10 percent of the world’s 2,500 largest public companies. Teck was the top-ranked mining company on both the World and North American Index for DJSI in 2019, 2020 and 2021. In 2020, Teck was the only Metals & Mining company awarded the S&P Gold Class Award.

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly-sourced commodities that advance everyday life.

Through a network of assets, customers and suppliers that spans the globe, Glencore produces, processes, recycles, sources, markets and distributes the commodities that enable decarbonization while meeting the energy needs of today.

With a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore marketing and industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 40 offices.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. It is an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

The company recognizes its responsibility to contribute to the global effort to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Its ambition is to be a net zero total emissions company by 2050. In August 2021, Glencore increased its medium-term emission reduction target to a 50% reduction by the end of 2035 on 2019 levels and introduced a new short-term target of a 15% reduction by the end of 2026 on 2019 levels.

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