The Magnificent Seven: Current status of new laterite nickel projects

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They were all a long time coming, but the "magnificent seven", namely Ambatovy, Barro Alto, Koniambo, Ramu, Ravensthorpe, VNC are all up and running and Onça Puma should be back on line by the end of the year.  Pressure on profitability aside, these projects at capacity will add around 340kt Ni/a to global supply (ca. 15-20% of global production) and all have come together at a time when the global economy has slowed, leaving the market in surplus, the nickel price languishing at a level...

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  • Capital cost increases at nickel projects from their 2006 estimates to the "final" figure
  • Capital intensity
  • Start-up delays
  • 2018 Nickel Industry C1 Cost Curve
  • Overall capacity utilisation
  • Ravensthorpe capacity utilisation
  • Ravensthorpe forecast annual production (Ni in MHP)
  • Ramu capacity utilisation
  • Ramu forecast annual production (Ni in MHP)
  • VNC capacity utilisation
  • VNC forecast annual production (Ni in NiO and MHP)
  • Ambatovy capacity utilisation
  • Ambatovy forecast annual production
  • Barro Alto capacity utilisation
  • Barro Alto forecast annual production
  • Onca Puma capacity utilisation
  • Onca Puma forecast annual production

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