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Nickel mining disrupted by heavy rain and floods in Indonesia - NMA

Metal News - Published on Tue, 18 Jun 2019

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Reuters reported that widespread flooding in Indonesia's nickel hub on the island of Sulawesi has halted some mining operations in the world's biggest nickel ore producer. A protracted disruption in Indonesia could have a significant impact on raw materials for stainless steel production.

Heavy rains have been hitting the North Konawe regency in Southeast Sulawesi since late last month, flooding some mines and resulting in high water content in output from others, Ms Meidy Lengkey, secretary general of Indonesia's Nickel Miners Association, told Reuters.

Ms Lengkey said that "A number of mines haven't been able to operate in the past two weeks. An estimated 15 to 20 miners who each produce 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes of nickel ore per month, were affected by the flooding.”

More than 5,700 people were displaced after high intensity rain in North Konawe region caused a widespread flood, the national disaster mitigation agency said.

The flooding, however, has not disrupted operations and logistics at Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park, a major nickel smelter hub in Central Sulawesi, according to Alexander Barus, an executive at the park.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Tue, 18 Jun 2019
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