NICKEL PROCESSING: Clarabelle mill to get $200 million injection to boost recovery

ONTARIO - Last week Brazilian mining powerhouse Vale announced that construction has begun on a $200-million project to boost nickel recovery 4% at its Clarabelle mill in Sudbury. The project has been dubbed CORe for "challenging ore recovery."

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ONTARIO - Last week Brazilian mining powerhouse Vale announced that construction has begun on a $200-million project to boost nickel recovery 4% at its Clarabelle mill in Sudbury. The project has been dubbed CORe for "challenging ore recovery."

The CORe project includes the construction of a new 3,530 m3 flotation plant using state-of-the-art technology. The project also involves technology improvements to existing mill infrastructure including installation of a new Isa mill and replacement of flotation cells. A new dry is also part of the project along with a construction and equipment laydown yard to accommodate the anticipated workforce.

The project is expected to create 150 to 200 skilled trade jobs during peak construction. Construction is scheduled to be complete in July 2013.

The CORe project is part of the previously announce $3.4-billion, five-year investment plan for Vale's operations in Sudbury.

The corporate website is at www.Vale.com.

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