Nickel 28 Releases Ramu Q2 2022 Operating Performance
TORONTO, ONTARIO, August 4, 2022—Nickel 28 Capital Corp. (“Nickel 28” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NKL) (FSE: 3JC0) is pleased to provide operational results for the production quarter ending June 30, 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”).
Q2 2022 Ramu Highlights:
- Ramu Q2 2022 production of 8,128 tonnes of contained nickel in MHP.
- Ramu Q2 2022 production of 695 tonnes of contained cobalt in MHP.
- Ramu Q2 2022 nickel sales of 6,624 tonnes of contained nickel.
- LME average nickel price of US$13.13/lb. in Q2 2022, a 67% increase from the same period last year. 2022 H1 LME nickel price is $12.50/lb. compared to nickel price of $7.92/lb. for H1 2021.
- Fast Markets average cobalt price of US$38.19/lb. in Q2 2022, an 81% increase from the same period last year. 2022 H1 Fast Markets cobalt price of $36.93/lb. compared to cobalt price of $21.38/lb. for H1 2021.
- Actual cash cost, net of by-product credits of $3.03/lb. of nickel produced as MHP, a 7% increase from the same period last year. H1 2022 cash cost, net of by-product credits of $2.22/lb. of nickel which is unchanged from the same period in the prior year.
“The second quarter of 2022 was one of unpredictable factors which Ramu has been able to successfully navigate through” stated Nickel 28’s Chairman, Anthony Milewski. “The continued conflict in Ukraine along with the suspension of nickel trading on the LME in March resulted in significant volatility and uncertainty in the nickel market. Coupled with significant volatility in input commodities, the consistent and stable production at Ramu cannot be understated. Sales in Q2 initially improved from Q1 levels as demand increased for lithium-ion batteries, only to see another curtailment due to continued impacts from the pandemic. We also saw significant price increases in sulphur which impacted our cash cost, however that was offset by higher by-product credits due to the strong cobalt price. We expect the balance of 2022 to stabilize as we are seeing demand and commodity prices return to 2021 levels. Sulphur prices have also returned to less than $100/tonne, down from a peak of $600/tonne in Q2. Our partners continue to demonstrate why the Ramu operation is considered the best HPAL in the world and we continue to see strong demand for MHP as the Chinese battery industry continues to emerge from the global pandemic.” 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.
|Q2||Half Year||Q2||Half Year|
|Ore Processed (dry kt)||829||1,781||810||1,763|
|MHP Produced (dry tonne)||20,221||43,066||20,402||42,631|
|Contained Nickel (tonne)||7,773||16,578||8,128||16,884|
|Contained Cobalt (tonne)||720||1,533||695||1,525|
|Nickel Capacity Utilization (% of design1)||95%||102%||100%||104%|
|MHP Shipped (dry tonne)||28,042||50,690||17,384||25,820|
|Contained Nickel (tonne)||10,975||19,721||6,624||9,960|
|Contained Cobalt (tonne)||1,003||1,790||627||932|
|Cash Cost Actual 2||$2.83||$2.22||$3.03||$2.22|
Note 1.) Ramu design capacity of 32,600 tonnes/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. 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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