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TABLE 10
NICKEL: WORLD MINE PRODUCTION, BY COUNTRY1
(Metric tons of contained nickel)
 
Country and products2   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010  
Albania, laterite oree 790 3,700 3,500 3,500 3,500
Australia, ores and concentrate3 185,000 184,900 199,200 165,000 170,000 e
Botswana, ore millede 38,000 27,600 28,940 4 28,595 4 28,000
Brazil, ore 82,492 58,317 67,116 r 41,059 r 108,983 p
Burma, oree 10 10 10 10 10
Canada, concentrate 232,948 254,915 259,651 136,594 158,376 p
Chinae 82,100 67,000 79,500 r 84,800 r 80,000
Colombia, laterite ore 94,105 75,864 r 64,200 r 79,900 r, e 76,200 e
Cuba, oxide, oxide sinter, oxide powder, sulfide,
ammoniacal liquor5 73,371 73,934 67,265 70,000 r, e 71,000 e
Dominican Republic, laterite ore 47,516 47,125 31,300 500 r --
Finland, concentrate6 2,985 3,465 r 4,303 4,400 e 4,000 e
Greece, laterite ore 21,670 21,190 18,646 r 10,203 r 16,345 p
Indonesia, laterite oree 157,200 r, 4 229,200 r, 4 219,300 r 202,800 235,800
Kazakhstan, laterite oree 200 200 500 500 500
Kosovo, laterite ore -- 1,820 3,660 7 10,500 r, 7 9,080 7
Macedonia, ferronickel produced8 10,942 15,321 15,026 12,000 r 14,000 e
Madagascar, laterite ore -- -- -- -- 2,100 e
Morocco, nickel sulfatee 80 4 80 r 100 100 100
New Caledonia, ore 102,986 125,364 102,583 92,570 r 129,983
Norway, concentrate 362 r 246 r 377   336 r 350  
Philippines:
Ore 56,463 r 81,288 r 70,082 122,709 r 153,679
Concentrate9 8,242 10,079 10,562 17,035 19,312
Total 64,705 r 91,367 r 80,644   139,744 r 172,991  
Russia, marketable mine production:
Laterite ore10 37,758 r 45,687 r 36,804 r 32,298 r 41,184
Sulfide concentrate11 239,231 234,083 229,765 r 229,493 228,093
Total 276,989 r 279,770 r 266,569 r 261,791 r 269,277  
South Africa, concentrate 41,599 37,917 31,675 34,605 r 39,960
Spain, concentrate 6,398 6,772 8,136 8,029 6,296
Turkey, laterite oree, 12 1,500 -- -- -- --
Ukraine, laterite oree 12,000 12,000 8,000 -- --
Venezuela, laterite ore 21,200 18,900 13,000 13,200 11,400
Zambia, concentrate13 -- -- 751 280 r, e 2,809
Zimbabwe, concentrate 8,825   8,582   6,354   4,858 r 6,200  
Grand total 1,570,000 1,650,000 r 1,580,000 r 1,410,000 r 1,620,000
Of which:
Concentrate14 541,000 556,000 552,000 436,000 465,000
Ore and ore milled 280,000 r 293,000 r 269,000 r 285,000 r 421,000
Laterite ore 394,000 456,000 r 399,000 r 353,000 r 396,000
Ferronickel produced 10,900 15,300 15,000 12,000 14,000 e
Nickel sulfatee 80 4 80 r 100 100 100
Unspecified and (or) undifferentiated   340,000   326,000   346,000 r 320,000 r 321,000  
eEstimated. pPreliminary. rRevised. -- Zero.
1World totals and estimated data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.
2Insofar as possible, this table represents recoverable mine production of nickel. Where actual mine output is not available, data related to
-a more highly processed form have been used to provide an indication of the magnitude of mine output and this is noted. North Korea-
may have an active nickel mine, but information is inadequate to make reliable estimates of output. Table includes data available through-
January 31, 2012.
3Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) data for mines in Western Australia and Tasmania.
4Reported figure.
TABLE 10-Continued
NICKEL: WORLD MINE PRODUCTION, BY COUNTRY1
 
5The Government of Cuba reports figures of nickel-cobalt content of granular and powder oxide, oxide sinter, and sulfide production. The
cobalt content of reported nickel-cobalt production was determined to be 1.2% for granular and powdered oxide, 1.2% for oxide sinter,-
7.6% for sulfide precipitate, and 33% for leach ammoniacal precipitate. The remainder of reported figures represents the nickel content.
6The gross weight of concentrates processed in Finland from domestic ores was, in metric tons, as follows: 2006-40,474; 2007-44,824;-
2008-43,038; 2009-43,000 (estimated); and 2010-40,800 (estimated).
7On February 17, 2008, the Kosovo Assembly declared independence from Serbia.-
8Cunico Resources Group extracts nickel ore from its open pit Rzanovo Mine and transports the ore by conveyor to its FeNi Industries-
pyrometallurgical facility in Kavadarci. At the Kavadarci plant, the Rzanovo ore is blended with higher grade imported ores from-
Albania, Indonesia, New Caledonia, and Turkey to optimize production.
9Nickel content of concentrate produced at Rio Tuba in 2006-10 by Coral Bay Nickel Corp.
10Nickel content of ore mined in the Ural Mountains region.
11Nickel content of concentrate produced on the Kola and Taimyr Peninsulas.
12European Nickel PLC began shipping laterite ore from the Caldag Mine to the ferronickel smelter of Larco General Mining and-
Metallurgical Company S.A. in Greece in 2006.
13Albidon Limited concentrates were shipped to Jinchuan, China. First production was in June 2008. Anticipated specifications for-
concentrates are 13% nickel and 0.7% cobalt. Concentrate production comes from company quarterly reports.
14Includes -Russia, sulfide concentrate.-

Source: United States Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program

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