Rio’s nickel output firms

Staff Writer

RIO Tinto Zimbabwe Ltd says its nickel output has slightly firmed during the period to September.

For the three months

nickel produced at Empress Nickel Refinery improved to 1 836 tonnes up from 1 761 tonnes during the comparative period last year.

Nickel production in the third quarter also improved on the previous quarter, increasing by 355 tonnes from 1481 tonnes.

Total ore treated at Renco Mine increased to 64 029 tonnes up from 62 593 tonnes achieved during the same period last year. Average ore grade however, remained subdued slipping by 25 grammes a tonne to 370g/t up from a 395g/t recorded last year.

The ore grade however, improved over the second quarter from 3,56 g/t to 3,70 g/t in the current period representing 14g/t increase in the period under review.