Nickel reserves worldwide by country 2018

As of 2018, the total global nickel reserves amounted to approximately 89 million metric tons. Of that amount, Indonesia held the world’s largest share, at 21 million metric tons. Following Indonesia is Australia, with nickel reserves of 19 million metric tons.

 Nickel facts

  Nickel is a hard and ductile transition metal; it is also a base metal. It has many important industrial uses, such as in the production of stainless steel and batteries. As with any natural resource that is important to industry and technology, maintaining adequate global reserves of nickel, or otherwise searching for new deposits, is crucial.

Global nickel production

  More than 25 countries worldwide are mining nickel. The 2018 global nickel production amounted to an estimated 2.3 million metric tons. As the country with the largest nickel reserves, it is fitting that Indonesia is also the world’s largest producer, having produced 560,000 metric tons in 2018. Australia, on the other hand, is the world’s sixth largest nickel producer, despite having the second-largest reserves.

Nickel reserves worldwide as of 2018, by country

Reserves in million metric tons
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Release date

March 2019



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Supplementary notes

All figures are estimates.
* Overseas territory of France.

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