Commercial production has been achieved at Sherritt International’s Ambatovy nickel operations in Madagascar.

“Bringing Ambatovy to commercial status is a key milestone in its development as a long-life, low-cost producer of finished nickel and finished cobalt,” said David Pathe, President and CEO of Sherritt.

Commercial production is defined as 70% of ore throughput of nameplate capacity in the Pressure Acid Leach (PAL) circuit on average over a thirty-day period and is the point at which all revenue and operating costs cease to be capitalized.

The focus at Ambatovy remains on optimizing operating performance to achieve nameplate capacity (60,000 tpa finished nickel and 5,600 tpa finished cobalt, 100% basis).