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BHPB's Production of Nickel and Molybdenum in Oct-Dec 2016
= When compared with prior period, production of nickel is up but production of molybdenum is down =
On January 25, BHP Billiton Limited (BHPB) announced its production results and sales volumes in the period from October to December in 2016.

As a result of some businesses being shifted to South32, manganese ore, manganese-containing ferroalloys and a part of nickel are not posted in the Company's actual results. The production activities by division are as follows. (The details of production volume are as shown in Table 1 and the sales volume in Table 2)

[Nickel] The production details (in pure Ni equivalent) of Nickel West, Australia are <> Nickel concentrates: 200 tons (down by 33.3% from the prior period), <> Nickel matte: 4,100 tons (up by 2.3 times as much as the prior period) and <> Nickel metal: 17,800 tons (up by 6.6% ditto), which totalled 22,100 tons (up by 17.6% ditto), which was due to a record-setting production volume made by de-bottlenecking of the production process at Kwinana Refinery for this business. The Company does not change its forecast that the production volume in FY2017 (July 2016 - June 2017) will be up by about 10% from the prior year.

[Molybdenum concentrates] The production volume of molybdenum concentrates produced at Antamina mine as a by-product of copper and zinc was 225 tons, drastically down by 59.9% from the prior period. The ore mined at this mine at the moment has a high zinc content of 0.83% (0.60% in the prior period) and the treated volume of run-of-mine ores was down, which led to the production volumes of copper and molybdenum being down from the prior period.
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