Intex's Mindoro Nickel Project, Philippines

Intex Resources pushes its Nickel mining project in spite of a lack of a free prior informed consent by local indigenous. The anti-mining struggle of the mangyans of Mindoro continues.


The Intex-MCC8 Mindoro Nickel Project covered by several Mineral Processing Sharing Agreements has been postponed since 2008. The anti mining struggle of its people and support groups has reached this form when the DENR issued the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the project despite many concerns raised.

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Basic Data
NameIntex's Mindoro Nickel Project, Philippines
SiteMunicipalities of Victoria in Oriental Mindoro, and Sablayan in Occidental, Mindoro
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Dams and water distribution conflicts
Land acquisition conflicts
Mineral ore exploration
Specific CommoditiesNickel, Cobalt
Rare metals
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsMindoro Nickel, located on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines, is today considered one of the Philippines government’s priority mineral project. The approximately 113km2 concession area (11,315 ha) is located about 30km from the coast in the central part of Mindoro. Extensive nickel (Ni)-laterite mineralization was formed by the accumulation of nickel and cobalt (Co) in the tropical soils of the island through intensive chemical weathering of ultramafics source rocks in late Tertiary to recent time. The costs of construction of the mine were estimated to amount to 2.455 billion USD. The Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking was appointed to act as exclusive financial adviser for the Mindoro Nickel project. (Source:

It was reported that Intex had signed in 2012 a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with MCC8 Group Co. Ltd., a Chinese state controlled construction company and a former division of China’s largest nickel producer Jinchuan Group. MCC8 group was granted a project management contract to manage finance, construction and operation of the mine. (Source:, see below sources).

There is an estimate of 40,000 tons of nickel and 3,000 tons of cobalt to be mined per year for at least 30 years operation.

This will result in 130,000 metric tons of ammonium sulfate and four million tons of waste annually.
Project Area (in hectares)11,315
Level of Investment (in USD)2,455,000,000.00
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population10,000-100,000
Start Date06/01/1999
Company Names or State EnterprisesMCC8 Group Co. Ltd (MCC8) from China - Partner
Intex Resources ASA from Norway - mining
Intex Resources Philippines Inc. from Philippines - mining
Jinchuan Group Co. Ltd from China
Relevant government actorsDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
International and Financial InstitutionsSociété Générale Corporate & Investment Banking (SGCIB) from France - finance, banking
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAlyansa Laban sa Mina

CBCP - National Secretariat for Social Action

Alyansa Tigil Mina

Philippine Indigenous People Links (Piplinks)

Future In Our Hands (FIOH)

Legal Rights and Natural Resources-Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK/FOEI)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
indigenous mangyans of Mindoro
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationArtistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Development of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Hunger strikes and self immolation
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow)
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsVisible: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Potential: Other Health impacts, Accidents, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..) , Deaths
OtherPotential exposure to toxic mining waste
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Violations of human rights
Potential: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseProject temporarily suspended
As of March 2015, the ECC for the project has been re-approved.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Campaign success will only be achieved when the mining companies pull out from Mindoro.
Sources and Materials

25-year moratorium on mining in Oriental Mindoro (2008)

Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, RA 8371
[click to view]

Executive Order No. 79, s. 2012: Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Sector Providing Policies and Guidelines to Ensure Environmental Protection and responsible Mining in the utilization of Mineral Resources
[click to view]

Philippine Mining Act of 1995 (RA7942)
[click to view]


OECD finds Norwegian mining company guilty

‘No reason for Mindoro Nickel Project to be pursued,’ say Filipino groups
[click to view]

Church, Envi Groups upset over Intex-Chinese partner’s relentless call for Mindoro Nickel Project

‘Mindoro Struggle’ publication launched
[click to view]

Final Statement: Complaint from the Future in Our Hands (FIOH) against Intex Resources ASA and the Mindoro Nickel Project
[click to view]

Intex Resources Inc. Company website
[click to view] on the involvement of Chinese MCC8 group Co.Ltd. (accessed 24/04/2015)
[click to view]

Other Documents

Mindoro Campaign: Protecting Island Ecology Defending People’s Rights A compilation of several studies on the Mindoro critical ecosystems, including mining threat to food security and the Final Statement of the Norwegian NCP on the violated OECD Guidelines.
[click to view]

Mindoro Nickel Project Map Map from Intex
[click to view]

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ContributorAlyansa Tigil Mina
Last update24/04/2015