Nickel Laterite - Surigao del Norte

The provinces of Surigao Del Norte and Surigao Del Sur are well know for world-class Nickel Laterite and Chromite deposits. CCILMMRC is in Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Claver Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) over a Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) area covering about  433.97 hectares as mining operator.

The Cagdianao Nickel Project of Claver Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) consisting of Parcel I and Parcel II containing an approximate area of 433.9798 hectares are within the approved Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA No. 103-98-XIII-SMR) and under the barangay jurisdiction of Cagdianao, Municipality of Claver, Province of Surigao Del Norte.

CCIL Mining and Mineral Resources Corporation (CCIL) signed a Joint Venture Agreement with CMDC as mining contractor in July 9, 2014  and was officially registered with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in September 11, 2014.

Mining License


From the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Surigao City Airport can be reached by a daily scheduled 1.5 hours commercial plane flights by either Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. Thence, from Surigao City another 104 kilometers of well paved concrete road to the mine site in Brgy. Cagdianao, Claver for about 2 hours travel time by car.

Brief Geology

The MPSA area is chiefly underlain by ophiolitic rock suite consisting of highly folded, interlayered serpentinized hurzeburgite and dunite intruded by diabasic dike swarms.


The nickeliferous deposits in the area occur as residual product of extensive weathering of the serpentinite along the flat-lying to gentle sloping ridge which is the favorable site for the formation of this type of deposit. In the early stages of decomposition the serpentinized peridotite is broken down by groundwater entering along fractures and other planes of weakness. As decay continues magnesia and silica begin to dissolve, porosity develops and more water is brought into contact with rock surfaces. As decomposition progresses the serpentine soften to an earthy material and passes through a color of light green, to yellow-green to yellow-brown to brown lateritic soil mantle.


Based on the partial preliminary exploration conducted by previous exploration groups, two types of laterite deposits were identified consisting of ridge and upper slope deposits. The laterite deposits cover an area of more than 100 hectares with depths ranging from 6 to 9 meters. The Tandawa West and Kaba Point resources are relatively thick and contiguous while others are fairly contiguous and the thickness is laterally variable.

The result of drilling in Tandawa West conducted by the previous workers has an average depth of 5.04 meters of the limonite zone containing an average 45.78 % Fe and 1.05 % Ni while the saprolite layer with an average thickness of 5.60 meters contains 0.86 % Ni and 8.64 % Fe.

Fort the latest and updated remaining resources of nickel laterite deposit within the MPSA license area that includes the Tandawa West and East, West Kaba and Kaba Point totals to about 15.7 M tons. 

Tenement map from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau showing the location of CMDC's MPSA in Barangay Cagdianao, Claver, Surigao Del Norte.

Map showing the CMDC - MPSA area (red line) with the approximate location of Nickel Laterite Zones (green areas) in Claver, Surigao Del Norte.

Panoramic view of the Nickel Laterite Project in Surigao del Norte

Photographs showing various development stages of CCILMMRC's  Nickel Laterite Area in Claver, Surigao Del Norte.

CMDC Causeway
CMDC Causeway

The CMDC cuaseway in 2010.

Geological survey, augering, test pitting and sampling activities- Nickel Project Surigao del Norte

Photographs showing various exploration activities within the  Nickel Laterite Project Area in Claver, Surigao Del Norte.