SHANGHAI, China BHP Billiton Plc reported a 6 percent
year on year drop in nickel output in the June 2013
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.