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Vale inaugurates Brazil’s first ferronickel plant in Pará

This month, Vale opened its first nickel operation in Brazil. Onça Puma, in Ourilândia do Norte, southeast Pará, is one of the largest ferronickel production plants in the world. The project, which covers the municipalities of Ourilândia do Norte, Tucumã and Parauapebas, has an annual production capacity of 220,000 tons of ferronickel, containing 53,000 tons of nickel, a highly valued product in the steel industry. Read more

New TurboQuant video: Software helps reliably analyze unknown samples

X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) has established itself as a fast and simple analytical procedure. But, the method can only fully take advantage of its strengths when the matrix of the sample is known. If this is not the case, then the TurboQuant software for automatic matrix effect correction, developed by SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, can help. Read more

Gold technology reviewed

With the gold price regularly hitting new heights, separate articles in the May issues of International Mining and Mining Magazine look at new and old technologies to maximise recovery from the ore. The articles can be found in International Mining, pps. 68-76 andMining Magazine, pps. 57-67.

Transforming magnetite circuits with the IsaMillTM

IsaMillsTM have been established for over 15 years in base metal grinding circuits, transforming the operations with their energy efficient grinding action. The technology is now being adopted by the iron ore industry, with the first IsaMillTM being planned for commissioning in early 2011 at Xstrata Copper's Ernest Henry Mine's magnetite project in Queensland. Read more
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Vale inaugurates Brazil’s first ferronickel plant in Pará

This month, Vale opened its first nickel operation in Brazil. Onça Puma, in Ourilândia do Norte, southeast Pará, is one of the largest ferronickel production plants in the world. The project, which covers the municipalities of Ourilândia do Norte, Tucumã and Parauapebas, has an annual production capacity of 220,000 tons of ferronickel, containing 53,000 tons of nickel, a highly valued product in the steel industry. Read more