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BHPB's Production of Ferroalloy and Nickel in Jul-Sept 2013
=Compared to production of year-earlier period, Mn ore is down and Mn alloy is up=
On October 22, BHP Billiton Limited (BHPB) announced its production results in the period from July to September in 2013.

As to the production volume in the period from July to September, while manganese ore was 2.046 million tons, down by 5% from the year-earlier period, manganese alloy was 137,000 tons, up by 5% ditto. Besides, nickel total was 40,400 tons, up by 9% ditto, and molybdenum concentrates was 458 tons, up by 1% ditto. (The details of production volumes and sales volumes are to be referred to Table 1 and 2 respectively. 'Production volume' in the article means 'Saleable production'.)

BHPB's production activities in this period is as follows.

[Manganese ore] The production volume was down from the prior year as well as the year-earlier period because

the operation of Hotazel mine in South Africa was suspended as scheduled and the recovery rate by GEMCO,

Australia was low.

[Manganese alloy] The production volume was up by 5% from the year-earlier period because the operation of

TEMCO, Australia was temporarily suspended in the year-earlier period. The production volume in the period

from July to September was down by 25% from the prior period due to the scheduled maintenance for Metalloys,

South Africa and TEMCO, Australia.

[Nickel] The production volume was up by 9% from the year-earlier period and slightly up by 0.2% from the prior

period in reflection of strong production by Nickel West, Australia.

[Molybdenum concentrates] At the moment, molybdenum concentrates is produced only at Antamina mine in

Peru. As the ore treatment at this mine went very well, the production volume was the largest in terms of the

quarterly base this tear and up by 1% also from the year-earlier period.

For a reference, on 11 October 2013, BHPB completed the sale of its Pinto Valley (US) mining operation and

associated San Manuel Arizona Railroad Company to Capstone Mining Corp. for US$650 million.
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