SHANGHAI, China BHP Billiton Plc reported a 6 percent year on year drop in nickel output in the June 2013 quarter.
Nickel output in the three months ended June 30, 2013 stood at 40,300 tonnes, down 4 percent from the March 2013 quarter, the company said July 17.
Nickel production in the 2013 financial year ended June 30 was 154,100 tonnes, down 2 percent year on year.
Total nickel production was in line with the 2012 financial year as strong operating performance at BHPs Cerro Matoso mine in Colombia was offset by planned maintenance at the Nickel West Kalgoorlie smelter and Kwinana refinery in Australia during the year, the company said.
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.