Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation (THPAL) is a mineral processing plant located at Taganito Special Economic Zone, Barangay Taganito, Claver in the Province of Surigao del Norte, which employs the highly efficient High-Pressure Acid Leaching technology to turn low-grade nickel ore into a manufactured intermediate product of high commercial value.
With an estimated cost of US$1.6 billion, it became one of the largest foreign direct projects in the Philippines.
THPAL’s plant is designed to have an annual production of 30,000 metric tons of nickel and 2,640 metric tons of cobalt in the form of Ni-Co Mixed Sulfide. This Ni-Co Mixed Sulfide is exported to the Nihama Nickel Refinery in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. THPAL is likewise the country’s sole producer of Scandium, the rarest mineral on earth.
In April 2021, THPAL started to commercial operation of its Chromite Recovery Plant to produce chromite concentrate products.
Taganito Special Economic Zone (TSEZ), Taganito, Claver, Surigao del Norte