NEW YORK Vale SA saw first-quarter nickel production
rise 3 percent year over year to 65,000 tonnes thanks to
improved operational reliability at the
companys Canadian operations, it said.
Improved operational reliability in Canada and the
ramp-up of VNC (Vale New Caledonia) more than offset the effect
of the production loss from Onça Puma, Brazil, and the
maintenance shutdown of a furnace at Sorowako, Indonesia,
the Rio de Janeiro-based company said.
The companys Thompson operations in Manitoba produced
7,200 tonnes in the first quarter, up 19.8 percent from the
Meanwhile, finished nickel production sourced from Vales
Voiseys Bay operations in Newfoundland and Labrador
reached 18,700 tonnes, up 29.2 percent year over year.
However, finished nickel production using feed delivered by the
companys Sudbury, Ontario, mines came in at 17,100
tonnes, down 23.8 percent year over year.
Vale announced in October 2012 that it would need to replace a
furnace at Onça Puma following a series of breakdowns
during the second quarter of 2012 (
amm.com, Oct. 25
Production of nickel in matte from Sorowako totaled 18,500
tonnes, 13.1 percent lower than the previous quarter due to a
three-week furnace shutdown for maintenance in March.