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|70,000 Tons Of New Caledonian Nickel Ore Are Exported For China As First Shipment|
|= SMSP, June Shipment, 200,000 Tons Are Scheduled To Be Exported For China In 2006|
According to an information from New Caledonia, 70,0000 tons in material of nickel ore ( garnierite ore ) produced in New Caledonia are scheduled to be shipped to China in June of 2006. The ore producer is SMSP, which is the largest nickel mining company in New Caledonia, and this is the first case for New Caledonia to export nickel ore for China. It is anticipated that SMSP will conclude the contract to export 200,000 tons in material of nickel ore for China within 2006. This nickel ore is produced at Quaco mine and shipped from Teoudie port.|
This garnierite ore is supposed to have contained 2.1% of nickel. The name of ferro-alloy producer in China, to who this nickel ore is exported, is not known yet but this Chinese producer has possessed electric furnace and rotary kiln and planned to produce ferro-nickel from garnierite ore by operating these facilities.
Being encouraged by a fever of stainless steel, production of which is booming in China at present, Chinese enterprises are approaching nickel producers in the world to secure nickel sources. In line with this tide, the production of pig iron, containing 4 - 5% of nickel and 94% of iron, is becoming a boom in China and Chinese producers have been importing nickel ore ( laterite ore containing approximately 1,5% of nickel ) as raw material from Philippine on a substantial scale from November of 2005 in order to industrialize the production of this pig iron in China.
The nickel ore to be exported from New Caledonia to China this time is garnierite ore, which is the simliar grade ore to that imported into Japan. However, the grade of garnierite ore imported into Japan has been guaranteed with 2.4% of nickel content but the ore to be exported for China from June of this year contains a lower nickel of 2.1%.
Namely, nickel ore, which contains lower nickel and is not suitable for usage in Japan, is exported from New Caledonia to China and, accordingly, the demand for nickel ore has been separated. Also, nickel ore, which was so far not utilized in New Caledonia, is now exported from New Caledonia as a commercial commodity with a certain quantity and this export of nickel ore is expected to contribute to the district economy of New Caledonia with a huge effect. This export of New Caledonian nickel ore for China will also cause to elevate the productivity at nickel mines. It seems that Chinese side initially asked to sell such high grade nickel ore as that imported by Japan but, in view of all circumstances, has agreed to import low grade nickel ore with 2.1% of nickel content.
In 2005, New Caledonia exported 3,400,000 tons in material ( 48,270 tons of nickel content ) of nickel ore, consisting of <> for Japan : 1,176,000 tons ( 21,222 tons of nickel ), <> for Ukraine : 491,000 tons ( 8,728 tons of nickel ), <> for Makedonia : 34,000 tons ( 561 tons of nickel ) and <> for Australia : 1,690,000 tons ( 17,759 tons of nickel ). Among these exports, New Caledonia exported laterite ore, containing a level of 1.5% of nickel, for Australia and garnierite ore, containing approximately 2.4% of nickel, for Japan and Ukraine.
China has marked nickel source in New Caledonia from several years ago and proposed a project to refine nickel in New Caledonia but this proposal is so far not materialized. An enterprise to be the partner has less reliance and many of such projects request to be led by Chinese side. Therefore, such proposal is unable to materialize. The ferro-alloy producer of China contracted this time with SMSP on nickel ore has high reliance and already possessed electric furnace and rotary kiln to be necessary for production of ferro-nickel. In addition, this Chinese producer is supposed to use ferro-nickel produced by themselves for stainless steel to be produced at their own plant.
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