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Indonesia Reduces Forecast for Nickel Smelter Capacity by 2022

Metal News - Published on Mon, 09 Dec 2019

Image Source: Nickel Indonesia
Reuters reported that Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry minerals director Mr Yunus Saefulhak said that Indonesia expects to have 29 nickel smelters operating by 2022, with total annual input capacity of nearly 70 million tonnes, scaled down from last month estimate of 91 million tonnes of input capacity at 37 operating smelters in 2021. He said "After we evaluated, some are showing very slow progress, if they can complete construction in 2022, we would consider those as a bonus.”

Indonesia has 11 of the 29 smelters already in operation, with annual input capacity of nearly 27 million tonnes.

Indonesia, a major exporter of nickel ore, is set to stop exports of raw nickel in January. Exports of other ore and concentrates will stop in 2022.

Below are details of smelters expected to be operational up to 2022
Number of smelters – 29
Input capacity - 69.7 million tonnes
Nickel matte - 80,000 tonnes
Ferronickel - 1,191,469 tonnes
Nickel pig iron - 2,918,860 tonnes
Mixed hydroxide precipitate - 193,601 tonnes

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Mon, 09 Dec 2019
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