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Nickel Supply Seen Rising From Indonesia as Smelters Fire Up

  • Smelter progress ‘satisfying so far,’ Chairman Sukhyar says
  • Contained nickel production is seen at 363,000 tons in 2017
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Nickel supply from Indonesia is set to surge next year as companies ramp up output of processed metal, according to the head of a local industry group, who said producers have made good progress building smelting capacity after ore shipments were banned.

Output from Southeast Asia’s top economy -- which barred raw ore shipments from 2014 -- will rise from 160,000 metric tons of contained metal in 2015, to 217,500 tons this year and 363,000 tons in 2017, Raden Sukhyar, chairman of the Indonesian Smelter and Minerals Processing Association, told a conference.