SHANGHAI, China Global miner BHP Billiton Plc reported
an increase in manganese ore and alloys production in the
quarter ended June 30, 2013. Manganese ore output stood at 2.25
million tonnes, up 12 percent from the March quarter and 9
percent higher year on year.
Manganese ore production in the 2013 financial year ended June
30 rose 7 percent year on year to 8.517 million tonnes and
reflected a substantial improvement in plant availability at
its Gemco operation in Northern Territory, Australia, the
Manganese alloy output in the June quarter was 182,000 tonnes,
up 27 percent from the previous quarter and 143 percent higher
year on year due to the production recovery of the miners
Temco plant in Tasmania, Australia.
The miner produced 608,000 tonnes of manganese alloys during
the 2013 financial year ended June 30, largely unchanged year
on year as the recovery in production at Temco that followed
the temporary suspension of operations in the prior period was
offset by the permanent closure of energy-intensive
silicomanganese production at South Africas Metalloys in
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.