About The QN Group

QNI Resources and QNI Metals, together with Queensland Nickel Sales (collectively the QN Group) operates the Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery which is located 25 kilometres north-west of Townsville, in Queensland, Australia.

QN Sales is a leader in the production and marketing of high quality nickel and cobalt and our environmental and quality assurance systems are ISO certified.

The Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery processes nickel and cobalt-bearing laterite ores purchased from third party mines in New Caledonia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The nickel ore is dried, ground, roasted and leached in an ammonia solution to extract the nickel and cobalt in the processing plant. Nickel and cobalt are then separated and further refined in the metal refining area to produce products for sale in the global market.

The Refinery is a strong contributor to the local community, employing up to 550 people from Townsville and providing sponsorships to a range of schools, clubs and sporting associations. QN Sales also operates international offices in China, New Caledonia, Indonesia and the Philippines to manage our Ore Supply activities.

The Refinery is wholly owned by Mr Clive Palmer.

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Contact Us

View Larger Map   Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery 1 Greenvale Street YABULU QLD 4818 Phone +61 7 4720 6200 Facsimile +61 7 4720 6251 Email: qninfo@qni.com.au


Martin Brewster Director Martin Brewster is a Project Manager with a 35 year record of successfully overseeing all phases of multimillion-dollar construction, infrastructure and maintenance projects for government and private-sector clients in the construction, mining, refinery and maintenance industries. Mr Brewster joined the Mineralogy Group in 2006, originally involved with iron projects in Western Australia, …

Operational Overview

Ore Lateritic nickel ore for the Refinery is imported from mine sites in New Caledonia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Lateritic ore is formed by rainwater flowing through rock near the surface and weathering it over a considerable period of time. The highest grade lateritic ore forms in tropical and sub-tropical climates where nickel rich rocks …

Our History

The Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery has been operational for more than 40 years. Read more about our key milestones below:

Our Products

Materials containing nickel and cobalt significantly contribute to infrastructure and products in our society. The versatility of nickel and cobalt ensures a growing demand for their use in a large range of products. The Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery produces and markets four nickel products: Nickel compacts, Nickel Carbonate, Specialty Nickel Oxide and Nickel Oxide …