Vale halts New Caledonia nickel operations after spill

Vale has suspended plant operations in New Caledonia after an acidic spill.

The miner has seen a discharge or approximately 100 000 litres of effluent, some of it acidic, from its Goro nickel processing plant, according to radio NZ.

Some of this spill entered into a nearby creek, however Vale stated that its response teams were quickly on site to pump the pond and return water quality to normal.

It went on to say the spill was due to a misconfiguration of circuits transferring the solution between two of its retention ponds.

This is reportedly the fifth effluent spill at the plant in as many years.

It is believed that the suspension of processing at Goro will impact the nickel price, which has already seen an increase over the last few months as concern rises over supply on the back of Indonesia’s export ban.

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