The construction of the second production line of the Northern Plant is now achieved. This implies the demobilization of the staff and equipment affected to the construction and launches the commissioning phase. The demobilization will continue throughout 2014 to end up in December 2014 with the last step, the closed down of the camp.
Under a self-referral to the Economic and Social Council, SMSP was heard by members of the Mining, Metallurgical & Energy Committee and that of Economic Development, Taxation & Budget. Given the unfavorable economic situation of the nickel industry, the discussions within the “Signatories Committee” on the country’ strategic industrial plan, and also the validation of the anti-trust law by the High Court on constitutional matters, SMSP’s written contribution focused on the fair access to mining resources, the complementarity of available production channels, and on the need to implement a strategy favoring the control and optimization of the resource for the country’s benefit.
The Prime Minister attended a nickel‘s casting performance at the North Plant on 27th July 2013. He was accompanied by an important delegation including Victorin Lurel, Minister of Overseas Territories, Fleur Pellerin, Deputy Minister of innovation and small & medium companies, Jean-Jacques Brot, High Comissionner of the French Republic in New Caledonia, Philippe Gomes Member of the French National Parliament, Maurice Ponga, Member of European Parliament, Gérard Poadja, President of New Caledonian Congress, Gilbert Tyuienon New Caledonian Government Vice-President, Paul Néaoutyine North Province President, André Dang SMSP Group President, Marie-Claude Tjibaou President of ADCK Board and Hnadrune Yeiwéné. The delegation was then welcomed by Jean Poithily, the Customary Chief of Gatope’s Tribe for lunch.
The 5th New Caledonia Nickel Conference was held on July 1-3 2013 at Le Méridien Hotel in Nouméa. It was an event to analyze the market's perspectives, at a time of critical challenges and high volatility of the markets. Key topics and questions currently affecting the nickel industry were explored at this conference. See André Dang's keynote...
Following the validation of the technical feasibility study, the execution and financing plans, the partners SMSP and POSCO have signed on May 7, 2013 the agreement on the expansion of the ferronickel production unit. The production unit in Gwangyang, with an annual nominal capacity of 30,000 tons of nickel metal contained in ferronickel, will increase its capacity of 24,000 additional tons, that is to say a total capacity of 54,000 tons per annum. For more details...
A special celebration of the North Plant’s first nickel tapping was convened on Friday, April 19, with the presence of the State and Government representatives, the Northern Province’s President as well as SMSP’s and Xstrata’s representatives. The program began with a guests’ welcome ceremony, performed by the North Plant’s President, Peter Hancock, before the participants were transferred to the "First Stone" platform. Back into the plant, the delegation attended a symbolic metal casting, before meeting with some 500 KNS employees at the Vavouto life base to pay them tribute.