Glencore guiding higher ferrochrome, nickel output – by Martin Creamer ( – August 11, 2016)

JOHANNESBURG ( – Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Thursday guided higher 2016 ferrochrome and nickel production – the only two of its wide range of commodities that it expects to produce at levels higher than in 2015.

Reporting lower half-year production of copper, zinc, lead, coal and oil than in the first six months of 2015, the London-, Hong Kong- and Johannesburg-listed company headed by CEO Ivan Glasenberg put this year’s expected full-year ferrochrome production at 1 575 000 t – up on the 1 462 000 t of 2015.

In the six months to June 30, Glencore’s attributable share of ferrochrome production of 762 000 t was in line with last year’s first-half output. The company is also guiding 2016 nickel output of 116 000 t, up on the 96 000 t of last year.

Otherwise, full-year 2016 production guidance for copper, zinc, lead, coal and oil is below the output levels of last year.

First-half coal production was 14% lower at 58.8-million tonnes on the part-closure of the Optimum Coal division in South Africa, where thermal coal production in the half-year was 37% lower at 14.1-million tonnes on Optimum and the closures of the Middelkraal and South Witbank mines.

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