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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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MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 
Table 12.—Nickel: World smelter production 1 by country 
(Short tons) 
Country' 
1970 
1971 
1972 P 
Australia                                                     
Brazil'                                                       
Canada'                                                     
Cuba"                                                      
Czechoslovakia '                                                        
1,100 
2,900 
208,700 
40,000 
900 
15,400 
2,900 
182,500 
35,000 
900 
17,600 
3,100 
145,200 
37,000 
900 
Dominican Republic4                                           
Finlan&                                               
France                                                 
Germany, West                                      
Greece                                                 
Japan'.-_                                              
New Caledonia 6                                          
Norway                                                
Poland'                                                
Rhodesia, Southernea                                           
SouthAfrica,Republicof'                                       
UnitedKingdom                                               
U.S.S.R.'                                                     
- - 
4,419 
11,360 
 622 
9,526 
99,100 
48,304 
42,415 
2,200 
5,500 
9,900 
40,500 
120,000 
 374 
4,288 
9,486 
 220 
~11,8O0 
112,400 
50,728 
46,058 
2,200 
7,700 
9,900 
42,700 
130,000 
19,800 
' 6,100 
' 14,440 
 220 
' 12,100 
119,000 
65,384 
47,739 
2,200 
8,800 
9,700 
' 35,200 
140,000 
United States:7 
Byproduct of metal refining                              Recoveryfromdomesticore
2,909 
12,649 
2,581 
13,073 
2,505 
13,226 
Total                                             
663,004 
680,208 
700,214 
 ' Estimate. P Preliminary. 
 1 Refined nickel plus nickel content of ferronickel produced from concentrates
unless otherwise specified. ' In addition to the countries listed, East Germany
and North Korea are believed to produce metallic nickel and/or ferronickel,
but information is inadequate to make reliable estimates of output leveis.
 ' Includes nickel content of nickel oxide and nickel fonte. 
 Nickel-cobalt content of ferronickel only (no refined nickel is produced).
 ' Includes electrolytic nickel as follows 1970—14,763; 1971—17,077;
1972—18,189; the difference between these figures and the listed total
is the nickel content of ferronickel, nickel oxide and nickel fonte. 
' Nickel content of ferronickel and matte. 
 7Electrolytic nickel only. 
between Societe Le Nickel, S.A. and Patiño Mining Corp. to build a
powerplant, erect a -town, develop a harbor and port, and build a smelter
in Poum on the northern tip of the island was allowed to lapse. However,
Patiño entered an agreement to continue the project with Pechiney
Ugine Kuhlmann (PUK) of Fra-nce and the Gränges Co: of Sweden. The three
concerns formed Société Metallurgique de Nickel Patiflo Pechiney
Granges (SOMMONI), a new company that will manage the work. The Patiflo subsidiary
Compagnie Française d'Entreprises Minères, Métallurgiques
et d~Investessiments (COFREMMI) was to own 42% of SOMMONI: PUK, 38%; and
Gr~nges, 20%. 
 The French Government negotiated with three other concerns for mining lateritic
nickel ores of New Caledonia: (1) International Nickel Co. of Canada, Ltd.,
which was attempting to organize a project for the production of 45 million
pou-nds of nickel and 3 million pounds of cobalt annually, (2) Penamax, formed
by American Metal Climax, Inc., and (3) Société Na- 
tionale des Pétroles d'Aquitaine of France and Freeport Minerals Corp.
of the United States. At yearend none of the three potential projects were
approved. 
 Philippines.—Marinduque Mi-ning and Industrial Corp. (MMIC) announced
that it was selling $3 million worth of its stock to raise the money needed
-to complete its equity share of the capital required to construct a laterite
mining plant on the Surigao mineral reservation. Apparently the project was
still viable despite numerous delays and the dampening effect of the world
imbalance between supply and demand. 
 Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. began -testing a 1,000-ton,
bulk sample of Palawan ore preliminary to exercising its right of first refusal
to exploit the properties. Reportedly, Soriano and Co. has proved reserves
of 284 million tons containing 1.29 to 1.42% nickel at Palawan. Japanese
companies negotiated for 1,000 -tons of nickel concentrate per year from
the Palawan deposits. 


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