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Big demand, returns for VALE nickel

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With market watchers predicting strong long-term demand and high returns, and with electric vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers scrambling for a reliable and environmentally sustainable supply, nickel producers are looking to get noticed by companies like Tesla. And Vale is playing a very familiar card in this era of climate change and ethically produced product

In a recent news release, Vale executive Mark Travers said, "The low-carbon footprint of our Long Harbour rounds positions Vale well in the growing electric vehicle industry, in North America and beyond."

Vale describes its Long Harbour operation as "one of the world's lowest emission nickel processing plants."

In operation since 2014, the Long Harbour refinery produces nickel using what's called hydrometallurgy, rather than the more traditional pyrometallurgy, avoiding the need for high-emission smelters and smokestacks. 

An assessment by British-based Intertek Group — an assurance, inspection, product testing and certification company — found that nickel rounds produced in Long Harbour have a carbon footprint of 4.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of nickel.

The global average emissions for Class 1 nickel is 13 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of nickel, and 45 tonnes for class 2 nickel, according to Vale.

With data like that in hand, Vale has betting big on its Newfoundland and Labrador operations.

"Customers in this fast-growing market want high-purity, responsibly sourced nickel, and Vale is ready to supply it," said Travers.

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