Output of finished nickel came to 71,400 tonnes in the first
three months of the year, down by 2.9% from the corresponding
period of 2016. This figure also represented a 14% decline from
the fourth quarter of 2016, when the miner produced 83,000
tonnes of nickel. According to Vale, the world’s
largest nickel producer, this decline is "mainly due to planned
maintenance shutdowns in Indonesia and Japan and operational
challenges at our [Canada’s] Thompson operations".
Production at Vale’s Thompson operations came to
4,800 tonnes of nickel in the first quarter of 2017, down by
22.6% year-on-year and down 33.3%...