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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)

Reno, Horace T.
Nickel,   pp. 871-879 ff. PDF (1017.9 KB)


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Table 10.—U.S. imports for consumption of new nickel products' by country
(Short tons) 
Country 
Metal 
 1971 1972 
(Gross weight) 
Powder and 
flakes 
1971 1972 
(Gross weight) 
Oxide and 
oxide sinter 
* 
Slurry an 
d other' 
1971 1972 
(Gross weight) 
1971 
Gross Nickel 
weight content 
1972 
Gross Nickel 
weight content 
Australia        
Canada~_ 
Finland         
France         
Germany, West - 
Mozambique    
Netherlands     
Norway       
Rhodesia, Southern     
South Africa, RepublicoL__ 
Sweden         
U.S.S.R        
United Kingdom.. 
Uruguay        
Other          
Total     
 457 487 87,040 97,250 21 55 181 558 50 561 * -- 67 408 166 11,067 17,295
 -- 1,801 
 929 2,791 25 (' ) 22 94 329 4,135 - - 70 2 34 
 297 195 
 694 1,487 -- 2 45 249 8 11 -- -_ 43 -- 
-- -- 
 122 215  -_  6 1,499 2,645 
- - -_ 
1 20 
 5,728 5,967-  ~ 28 15 - - 
-- 
-- 
 13 -- 
 (3) -- 
- - 
 6 
' 145 
' 29,752 
r44 
 - - 
r2,977 
~ 
' 26 
 - 
' 39 
r24,428 
 - 
 - 
r 10 
 - - 
' 1,349 
~ 
' 3 
 - - 
28,188 
(5) 
 - - 
 - - 
11 
23 
~ 
22,792 
(3) 
 -- 
3 
21 
~ 
100,531 125,364 
2,709 4,830 
5,769 5,988 
r 32,944 
' 25,829 
28,222 
22,816 
' Revised. 
 ' Ore: 1971, 13,173 short tons: Australia 2,196, French Pacific Islands
5,566, Colombia 4,314, Philippines 1,097, Canada less than 1 short ton; 1972,
258 short tons: Canada 52, Colombia 70, Philippines 186. 
 ' Nickel-containing material in slurry, or any form derived from ore by
chemical, physical, or any other means, and requiring further processing
to recover nickel or other metals. 
' Less than 3~ unit. 
WORLD REVIEW 
 Australia.—Western Australia's nickel boom of the last 4 years was
moderated somewhat by the oversupply of nickel around the world; however,
nickel production increased 10% compared with that of 1971. Western Mining
Corp., Ltd., again increased its reserves, and by the end of the year, the
corporation had essentially completed a new -flash smelter at Kalgoorlie.
The Kalgoorlie smelter has a designed capacity of 25 tons of nickel concentrate
per hour. It utilizes the Outokumpu Oy smelting process. Western Mining Corp.'s
progress is a good measure of the rapidity with which the nickel industry
of Western Australia has developed into a significant worldwide supplier.
Just 5 years after first nickel production, Western Mining was the world's
fourth largest producer of nickel and opened a sales office in the United
States at Pittsburgh, Pa., to market nickel to North American consumers.
 Construction of the mining plant and infrastructure for the Greenvale nickeliferous
laterite deposits in Queensland was started, and the work proceeded as scheduled.
 Poseidon Ltd.'s joint venture with 
Homestake Mining Co. and Hanna Mining Co. to exploit the Windarra deposit
in Western Australia was disbanded, and Poseidon entered an agreement wi-th
Western Mining Corp. and Sherritt Gordon Mines Ltd. of Canada for sale of
concentrates produced from the Windarra deposit. Reportedly, the Poseidon
company will have some support on the project from the Australian Government.
 The Agnew nickel prospect, 200 miles northwest of Kalgoorlie, discovered
in 1971 by Selcast Exploration Ltd., a subsidiary of Selection Trust Ltd.
of London, was proved a significant find. By yearend it was reported that
the Agnew deposit contained 33 million tons of ore averaging 2.2% nickel
a-t a cutoff grade of l%.2 
 The Western Australian Government considered providing support in building
infrastructure that serves the developing nickel and other mineral industries
of the state. Reportedly, the most likely aid would be help in building a
railway to Kalgoorlie continuing west to the Port of Geralton. 
 2 Northern Miner. Major Nickel Orebody Shaping From Agnew Find in Australia.
V. 58, No. 41, Dec. 28, 1972, p. 14. 


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