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Philippines H1 Nickel Ore Output Up Despite Mine Shutdowns

Metal News - Published on Thu, 12 Sep 2019

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Reuters quoted Philippine government data as saying that nickel ore output in the Philippines, one of the world’s top two producers of the material for stainless steel and batteries, rose 3% in the first half. Output was capped as half of the country’s mines were closed for maintenance or environmental reasons.

Mines and Geosciences Bureau said that Philippines sells most of its nickel ore to top buyer China. It produced 11.31 million dry metric tonnes of the material between January and June, compared with 11.01 million tonnes in the same period last year.

Sixteen of the Philippines’ 31 nickel mines were shut in the first half for either maintenance or suspension of operations for environmental and other offences, the MGB said in its quarterly industry report.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources last year issued a resolution suspending the operations of several mines, including some nickel producers, following audits to assess their compliance with environmental regulations.

The DENR lifted the suspension order on three mines over the past nine months, while the MGB has recommended the same action for two others.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 12 Sep 2019
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