Xstrata Nickel

Xstrata Nickel

May 19, 2009 13:25 ET

Xstrata Nickel-Raglan Mine Supports Research Efforts on Caribou Migration

ROUYN-NORANDA, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - Xstrata Nickel - Raglan Mine is proud to announce its participation in a large-scale research program that aims to further understand the dynamics and space use of migratory caribou populations in Quebec and Labrador in the current climate change context.

The ambitious research program will be staggered over a period of five years under the leadership of Universite Laval Professor Steeve Cote. Professor Cote's team will work to determine the factors influencing the density and space use of caribou and the potential impacts of changes to their habitat.

Xstrata Nickel - Raglan Mine will invest $350,000 in this research project over the five-year period.

"We are proud to support Professor Cote's research efforts," said Joel Page, Director Sustainable Development at Xstrata Nickel - Raglan Mine. "We believe it is important to better understand the caribou herd interaction with its local environment, including food abundance, predators and variation in snow and ice cover. Caribou lie at the heart of Nunavik Inuit culture and remain a main staple of traditional Inuit diet. Xstrata Nickel - Raglan Mine through its Sustainable Development Policy takes a keen interest in migratory caribou herds numbering in the hundreds of thousands roaming near our installations."

Partners

Professor Steeve Cote is a member of the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence. The project involves academic researchers from Universite Laval (Louis Bernatchez and Jean-Pierre Tremblay), Universite de Sherbrooke (Marco Festa-Bianchet) and the Ministere des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Quebec (MRNF) (Christian Dussault). The research project is also supported by the NSERC, the MRNF, Hydro Quebec, the Federation des pourvoiries du Quebec and the Federation quebecoise des chasseurs.

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Xstrata is a global diversified mining group, listed on the London and Swiss Stock Exchanges, with its headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. Xstrata's businesses maintain a meaningful position in seven major international commodity markets: copper, coking coal, thermal coal, ferrochrome, nickel, vanadium and zinc, with a growing platinum group metals business, additional exposures to gold, cobalt, lead and silver, recycling facilities and a suite of global technology products, many of which are industry leaders. The Group's operations and projects span 19 countries.

Xstrata Nickel

Xstrata Nickel, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is one of Xstrata Group's global commodity businesses. Xstrata Nickel's operations include mines and processing facilities in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Australia, and a refinery in Norway. Xstrata Nickel has a promising portfolio of growth projects in Canada, New Caledonia, Tanzania and Brazil. Xstrata Nickel is the world's fifth largest nickel producer, with annual managed production of more than 107,000 tonnes of refined nickel.

Contact Information

  • Xstrata Nickel- Raglan Mine
    Francis Beauvais
    Coordinator Communications and External Relations
    (819) 762-7800
    Email: fbeauvaiss@xstratanickel.ca