Nigel Ricketts is our Manager of Studies in Queensland, and is located in our Brisbane office. Nigel has been with the company for just a few weeks and is looking forward to growing our Process Engineering and Feasibility Study capabilities on the East Coast.

What is your role at Engenium?

My role is to help set up and promote a Process Engineering and Feasibility Study capability in Queensland.

What are your areas of speciality and expertise?

I have had a broad career in steelmaking, base metals pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy, base metal flotation, magnesium and aluminium metallurgy, gold processing and exotic metals like vanadium and scandium. In more recent years I have been focused on managing feasibility studies, metallurgical test work management and flowsheet development.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m just getting started in Brisbane but I am looking to establish Engenium here with some quick wins in vanadium, scandium and nickel hydrometallurgy, as well as copper and gold work for a junior mining company operating in South America.

What do you enjoy about working at Engenium?

It’s early days for me here, having only been here for approximately 8 weeks, but there is good energy amongst the staff and the systems are excellent.

What inspired you to pursue a career in your field?

I grew up in the shadows of the lead smelter in Port Pirie in South Australia. Metallurgy has a blend of physics and chemistry that I like.

What is something you love to do outside of your work life?

I run and participate in the occasional triathlon. I did my first two half marathons in 2018 and maybe I will extend the distance in 2019, if the body holds up.

What makes you laugh?

Monty Python, South Park and a cartoon called Mining Boom (on Facebook)

Who inspires you?

The Dalai Lama. Despite all he has been through, being an exile from his own country, he still keeps smiling.

What is your favourite quote?

There is no such thing as truth, only the truth as we perceive it to be.