Vale Inco to run Sudbury facilities nonstop in ’08

Dec 18, 2007 | 09:49 AM | Meghann McDonell

Vale Inco Ltd., Toronto, expects to see record nickel production from its Sudbury, Ontario, operations in 2008 following a decision not to conduct an annual maintenance shutdown next year.

Vale Inco's 2008 production in the Sudbury Basin is targeted at 298 million pounds of nickel, a 24-percent increase from around 240 million pounds this year.

"As far as shutdowns go, our history has been to shut down annually for maintenance purposes," a company spokesman said Tuesday. "For the last several years, however, we have worked at extending the duration of continuous operations between planned maintenance periods to closer to 18 months through a program of predictive and preventive maintenance. This simply makes good business sense. Shutdowns and start-ups are....

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