MMC Norilsk Nickel (MNOD)
Public Joint Stock Company «Mining and Metallurgical Company «NORILSK NICKEL» (PJSC “MMC “Norilsk Nickel”, “Nornickel” or the “Company”)
NORNICKEL ANNOUNCES CONSOLIDATED PRODUCTION RESULTS FOR 2022
Moscow, 24 January 2023 – Nornickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, announces preliminary consolidated production results for the fourth quarter and the full year 2022 and production outlook for the full year 2023.
Senior Vice-President – Operational Director Sergey Stepanov commented on the production results,
«Foremost, I would like to highlight a significant improvement in our health and safety performance. In 2022, the number of fatal accidents decreased to 4 from 11 in the prior year due to improvement of the health and safety management system and introduction of the wide range of initiatives aiming at prevention of occupational injuries. The main contribution to the decrease of fatal injuries was made by the Norilsk Division, with a 4-fold reduction, and the Trans-Baikal Division, which recorded no fatalities. Bringing down fatality rate to zero remains our most important strategic priority and I would like to reiterate that we will continue putting all necessary efforts to meet this target.
In 2022, Nornickel fully met its production guidance. The output of all key metals increased, with copper and platinum in line with the guidance, while nickel and palladium beating it. The main reason for the higher-than-expected production volumes was the postponement of the repairs of the flash smelting furnace #2 at Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant to 2023.
Last year, we managed to minimize the negative impact of the newly emerged operating risks, which occurred as a result of changes in the geopolitical situation. In particular, we rolled out new logistics and established new procurement channels to source equipment and spare parts both within Russia and from friendly countries. In 4Q 2022, our mining operations already started receiving machinery and spare parts from new suppliers.
Another significant priority for us was a recovery of Norilsk Concentrator’s ore processing capacity to its design parameters after the accident in February 2021. The modernization of the plant was successfully completed, with the full design capacity of about 9.2 million tons per year reached in December 2022.
In 2023, we expect that risks related to adverse geopolitical situation continue to affect our operations. Nonetheless, we are planning to continue our assets’ modernization and repairs program aiming at improving industrial safety. As part of this program, the repairs of the flash smelting furnace #2 at Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant are scheduled, which is expected to result in a small reduction in the output of finished products in 2023».
Production Guidance from the Company’s Russian Feedstock for 2023
NORILSK NICKEL GROUP
In 4Q22, consolidated nickel output increased 1% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) to 60 kt, practically all of which were produced from the Company’s own Russian feed (59.7 kt). The marginal increase in production was attributed to additional volumes of matte shipped for further processing to Kola Division from Norilsk Division.
In 2022, consolidated nickel output increased 13% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 219 kt, almost all of which were produced from own Russian feed (218.7 kt, +15% y-o-y). The increase in production was attributed to the low base of previous year as a result of temporary suspension of Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky underground mines and Norilsk Concentrator of the Norilsk Division.
In 2022, nickel output from the Company’s own Russian feed amounted to 218.7 kt, which was above the production targets range of 205-215 kt.
In 4Q22, consolidated copper output increased 2% q-o-q to 116 kt due to the resumption of intra-group deliveries of copper cake for processing. All of the copper produced in the reporting period was produced from the Company’s own feed.
In 2022, copper output from the Company’s own Russian feed (including Trans-Baikal Division) increased 6% to 433 kt due to the same reasons as nickel as described above.
In 2022, copper output from the Company’s own Russian feed (excluding Trans-Baikal Division) amounted to 366 kt in line with 365-385 kt production guidance range.
In 4Q22, Trans-Baikal Division decreased production of copper in concentrate by 13% (q-o-q) to 16 kt in line with a production plan. In 2022, copper output in concentrate at Trans-Baikal Division amounted to 67 kt in line with its 64-68 production guidance.
Platinum Group Metals
In 4Q22, palladium and platinum production output decreased 7% (q-o-q) to 662 koz and 6% (q-o-q) to 160 koz, respectively. This decrease in PGM production volumes was attributed to lower volumes of copper cake shipped from Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta as a result of complications with logistics, which stemmed from the changes in the geopolitical situation, as well as a high base effect of the previous quarter due to processing of work-in-progress inventory, which was accumulated during the inter-navigational season (May-June 2022).
In 2022, palladium and platinum were produced only from the Company’s own Russian feed and amounted to 2,790 koz (+7% y-o-y) and 651 koz (+2% y-o-y), respectively. Increase in PGMs production was due to the same reasons as for nickel, as described above.
In 2022, palladium output from the Company’s own Russian feed was above the production target range of 2,451-2,708 koz, while platinum output was in line with 604-667 koz production guidance range.
Norilsk Nickel Group Saleable Metals Production
Note: 1. Norilsk Nickel Group owns 50.01% of Bystrinsky GOK (Trans-Baikal Division). Production results are shown metal in concentrate for sale on 100% basis and fully consolidated in total operational results.
Full name and position of person making the announcement - Vladimir Zhukov, Vice - president, Investor Relations
ABOUT THE COMPANY
MMC Norilsk Nickel is a diversified mining and metallurgical company, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper. The company also produces cobalt, rhodium, silver, gold, iridium, ruthenium, selenium, tellurium and other products.
The production units of Norilsk Nickel Group are located at the Norilsk Industrial District, on the Kola Peninsula and Trans-Baikal Territory in Russia as well as in Finland.
MMC Norilsk Nickel shares are listed on the Moscow and on the Saint-Petersburg Stock Exchanges, ADRs are accepted for trading on the Saint-Petersburg Stock Exchange.
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