Nickel 28 Releases Ramu Q1 2022 Operating Performance
TORONTO, ONTARIO, May 9, 2022 — Nickel 28 Capital Corp. (“Nickel 28” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NKL) (FSE: 3JC0) is pleased to provide operational results for the quarter ending March 31, 2022 for the Company’s largest asset, being the Ramu Nickel-Cobalt (“Ramu”) integrated operation in Papua New Guinea. Nickel 28 currently holds an 8.56% joint-venture interest in Ramu which is operated by the Metallurgical Corporation of China (“MCC”).
Q1 2022 Ramu Highlights:
- Ramu Q1 2022 production of 8,756 tonnes of contained nickel in MHP.
- Ramu Q1 2022 production of 830 tonnes of contained cobalt in MHP.
- Ramu Q1 2022 nickel sales of 3,336 tonnes of contained nickel.
- LME average nickel price of $11.97/lb. in Q1 2022, a 50% increase from the same period last year and a 33% increase from Q4 2021.
- Fast Markets average cobalt price of $36.24/lb. in Q1 2022, a 67% increase from the same period last year and a 22% increase from Q4 2021.
- Actual cash cost, net of by-product credits of $1.48/lb. of nickel produced as MHP, a cost reduction of 12% from Q1 2021.
“Ramu’s production has rebounded to expected levels in Q1 2022 as PNG and the rest of Asia begin to emerge from the global pandemic” stated Nickel 28’s Chairman, Anthony Milewski. “Despite significant increases in raw materials and input costs, Ramu was able to improve its cash costs for the quarter because of significantly improved by-product credits, mainly cobalt credits. We expect that Ramu’s full year costs and production will remain within guidance being 32,000 to 33,000 tonnes of contained Nickel in MHP and cash costs below $2.00/lb. of Nickel provided by-product credits remain consistent. Sales in the first quarter were impacted by increased restrictions in our main export destination as a result of the global pandemic and the 2022 Winter Olympics. We expect this to normalize in Q2 2022” continued Mr. Milewski.
Ramu’s operating performance for the period are presented below along with comparison to prior years, noting that these figures are unaudited.
|Ore Processed (dry kt)||920||952||953|
|MHP Produced (dry tonne)||21,177||22,845||22,229|
|Contained Nickel in MHP (tonne)||8,635||8,805||8,756|
|Contained Cobalt in MHP (tonne)||720||813||830|
|Nickel Capacity Utilization (% of design 1)||106%||108%||107%|
|MHP Shipped (dry tonne)||15,121||22,648||8,436|
|Sales of Contained Nickel (tonne)||6,108||8,746||3,336|
|Sales of Contained Cobalt (tonne)||522||787||305|
|Cash Cost Actual 2||$2.05||$1.68||$1.48|
Note (1) Ramu design capacity of 32,600 tonnes per year of nickel contained in MHP
Note (2) actual cost per pound of nickel contained in MHP net of by-product credits
A. These figures have not been audited and are subject to change. As the company has not yet finished its year-end annual close procedures, and the audit of its annual financial statements is not complete, the anticipated financial information presented in this press release is preliminary, subject to final year-end closing adjustments and may change materially. The information presented above has not been audited by the company's independent accountants, should not be considered a substitute for audited financial statements and should not be regarded as a representation by the company as to the actual financial results.
About Nickel 28
Nickel 28 Capital Corp. is a nickel-cobalt producer through its 8.56% joint-venture interest in the producing, long-life and world-class Ramu Nickel-Cobalt Operation located in Papua New Guinea. Ramu provides Nickel 28 with significant attributable nickel and cobalt production thereby offering our shareholders direct exposure to two metals which are critical to the adoption of electric vehicles. In addition, Nickel 28 manages a portfolio of 13 nickel and cobalt royalties on development and exploration projects in Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
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