SMM7, March 30 / PRNewswire-Asianet /-- Nornickel, the world's largest producer of palladium and premium nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, announced preliminary combined production results for the second quarter and first half of 2020.
Overall nickel production rose 8 per cent in the second quarter of 2020 from a month earlier to 56 kt, almost entirely from the company's own Russian raw materials (55 kt, + 8 per cent). The growth is due to the gradual increase in the number of nickel refineries using the new chlorine leaching technology in Kola MMC. , Kola MMC's carbonyl ji nickel production increased to 1.6 kt (up 3 per cent) as part of the diversification of the advanced product sales strategy.
In the first half of 2020, total nickel production fell 2 per cent year-on-year to 108 kt, almost all nickel production came from the company's own Russian raw materials (107 kt,-1 per cent). The decline is due to the thermal commissioning of the refinery by Kola MMC using the new chlorine leaching technology. In the first half of 2020, carbonyl ji nickel production increased by 41 per cent year-on-year to 3.2 kt.
In the first half of 2020, all salable metals were produced by the company's Russian business using its own raw materials. , Kola MMC nickel production rose 12 per cent year-on-year to 39 kt in the second quarter of 2020. The growth is due to the expansion of the Kola MMC nickel refinery, which is planned to operate the new chlorine extraction technology. , Kola MMC nickel production fell 7 per cent year-on-year to 74 kt, in the first half of 2020 due to thermal commissioning of refineries using new chlorine leaching technology.
NORILSK NICKEL HARJAVALTA (Finland)
Nickel production at the Norilsk Nickel Plant remained unchanged at 17 kt in the second quarter of 2020. Nickel production rose 12 per cent year-on-year to 33 kt in the first half of 2020. The increase was due to changes in the maintenance plan, which was postponed from May to August.
NKOMATI (SOUTH AFRICA)
In the first half of 2020, Nkomati (Norilsk Nickel Group has a 50% stake) produces 3kt nickel (- 31% compared with the same period last year). The decrease in metal production is due to the early decision to maintain and maintain the mine and the depletion of existing open-pit reserves.
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