Anglo American Plcs Barro Alto nickel project in
Brazil is likely to fall short of meeting its planned average
capacity this year following problems in two furnaces.
company projects Barro Alto will have an average annual output
capacity of 36,000 tonnes by 2016, with output for this year
landing between 20,000 and 25,000 tonnes, according to a report
by Brazilian news agency Agência Estado.
A year earlier, the
plan was to reach 36,000 tonnes in the first quarter of
"The ramp-up process
was delayed and that will have some effect on this years
output. It is an adjustment of the project," a source close to
the company told AMM sister publication Metal
One of the furnaces
will be halted for six to eight months in 2014, and the other
will be shut for maintenance in 2015, according to
nickel operation owned by Anglo in Brazil) is operating at
average pace," the source added.
In the second quarter
of 2013, Barro Alto produced 6,100 tonnes, while Codemins
output stood at 2,400 tonnes.
A version of this
article was first published in AMM sister publication Metal