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First metal tapping of the Northern Plant

The Northern Plant achieved its first metal tapping on the 10th April 2013 at 8:35 pm. This tap came after the first slap tapping achieved at 12:55 pm the same day. The electrical furnace, pre-loaded with 230 tons of steel, has been gradually heated to approximately 1,000 degrees Celsius temperature for the constitution of the...

The 21th Koniambo Committee was held in Koné on the 15th of March 2013

During this committee KNS has presented the general advancement of the project (including healthy, safety & environmental issues, work in progress of the construction, commissioning of the first line, human resources) while the Cellule Koniambo unit has presented the current situation on the demobilization of subcontractors working and the organization of CGE VKP.

First tapping of the Northern Plant scheduled for March

Following the Line 1 furnace heat up during February 2013, the first metal bath tapping is expected to take place by the end of March, in line with the commissioning and ramp up plans. The plant is well positioned to deliver the two-year production ramp up to achieve its nameplate 60,000 tonnes of nickel in...

One more step in the start of the Northern Plant

Tuesday, February 5 at 3pm, the grinding/drying process of ore began with some tests, carried out on the ore preparation unit. These tests were performed with 20 tons of wet ore in order to check the overall equipment process including the crushing and drying mill, the separator, filters, the hot gas generator, the transport system...

Start heating of the electric furnace of the first Northern Plant’s production line

The start heating of the electric furnace of the first production line, completed since November 2012, was carried out on January 29 at 1:25 am. “This is a major step for all of us. At the first place for our employees, but also for our partners as well as for all Caledonians. It is the...

The successful delivery of the first Northern Plant’s production line

The construction works of the Northern Plant’s first production line are now completed. Series of tests are underway to monitor the support services and experiment the operational infrastructure. The first melting furnace is expected to enter into production the next year, and consequently the first metal production line during January or February 2013. The second...

The 20th Koniambo Committee was held in Koné on the 23th of November 2012

During this committee KNS has presented the general advancement of the project (including safety & environmental issues, rump up and work in progress of the construction, human resources and social initiatives) while the Cellule Koniambo unit has presented the current situation on the demobilisation of subcontractors working and an analysis on the real estate needs...

Visit of Victorin Lurel at Vavouto

The Overseas Minister went to Koné on November 25, 2012 and visited the Northern Plant. He was accompanied by a delegation comprising the President of the Northern Province Paul Néaoutyine and the elected members, the High Commissioner Albert Dupuy, the Member of Parliement Sonia Lagarde, the Senate President Luc Wema, the Congress President Gérard Poadja,...

Placement of the first refractory bricks of the Northern Plant

On Monday August 6th a ceremony was held inside Furnace #1 to commemorate the placement of the first refractory bricks. This event is of particular importance for technical reasons because it represents an irrevocable step onto the final path to First Ore. Koniambo Nickel SAS President Peter Hancock congratulated the work of personnel from Construction,...

Signing of documents of the loan granted by AFD to SMSP for the financing of the Northern Plant’s construction

The two partners have signed all the documentation for the loan amounting to 170 million euros – that is to say more than 20 billion XPF – granted by AFD to SMSP in 2011. With the signing of this documentation, SMSP can now mobilize fund from AFD and participate in the financing of the Northern...
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