Norilsk Nickel produced less nickel in the second quarter than
in the first three months of this year due to the short
delivery of semi-products to some operations and the placement
of its Lake Johnston project in Western Australia on care and
production in the second quarter totaled 67,814 tonnes, down 5
percent from 71,573 tonnes in the first quarter, putting
first-half output at 139,387 tonnes, down 4 percent from a year
production at Lake Johnston fell 29 percent to 1,174 tonnes in
the first three months of the year, and first-half production
was down 30 percent to 2,800 tonnes.
Short delivery of
high-grade matte to the Moscow-based companys Kola MMC
operation in Russia from its Polar division was caused by
winter navigation terminating production earlier than usual.
The company also said it made unscheduled repairs at its
Oktyabrsky Mine and Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant.
Nickel in concentrate
produced at the Nkomati project in South Africa and shipped to
Harjavalta in Finland totaled 3,339 tonnes in the second
quarter, up 26 percent from the first quarter, and the
first-half total was up 50 percent from a year earlier to 5,990
tonnes. Norilsk owns 50 percent of Nkomati and reports volumes
based on that share. The projects total production was
production at Harjavalta fell to 9,224 tonnes, down 18 percent
from the first quarter, and year-to-date output fell 2 percent
to 20,474 tonnes.
production at Tati Nickel in Botswana was down 13 percent in
the second quarter to 1,912 tonnes and the first-half output
was 25 percent lower at 4,103 tonnes due to lower nickel
production in the second quarter rose 4 percent from the first
quarter to 94,622 tonnes, and first-half production also was 4
percent higher at 185,684 tonnes.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.