Nickel production in major countries 2010-2019

This statistic provides a country-by-country breakdown of worldwide nickel mine production from 2010 to 2019. In 2019, Indonesia's mines produced approximately 800,000 metric tons of nickel.

Nickel mine production worldwide

Nickel is a lustrous, silvery-white metallic element. It is the fifth most common element on earth, however, much of this metal is located within the earth’s core and therefore, inaccessible. Primary nickel can be used as an alloy, such as ferro-nickel, produced largely in Japan and New Caledonia. In fact, one of its most popular uses is as an alloy (e.g. with chromium and other metals) to produce stainless and heat-resistant steels for use as pots, pans, kitchen sinks, etc. It can also be used as part of nickel oxides and within other chemicals. Nickel is a very versatile metal and is currently used for many different applications, such as those of industrial, military, aerospace, marine, and architectural means. In its various applications, it can often be recycled and the secondary nickel then, commonly used as supplementation to newly mined material.

Nickel is usually mined as a metal with greater than 75% purity through ore extraction using processes related to roasting and reduction. Nickel ore is mined in 23 countries and smelted or refined in 25 countries, globally. Mining was most prominent in the Philippines, Russia, Canada, Australia, and New Caledonia in 2019, with the average 2018 nickel price totaling approximately 13,144 U.S. dollars per metric ton. Currently, Australia has one of the world’s largest reserves at 20 million metric tons; globally, there are some 89 million metric tons. As of 2012, nickel is estimated to have 15 remaining life years.

Major countries in worldwide nickel mine production from 2010 to 2019

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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Estimated.
** Overseas territory of France.
*** Figures for 2019 were not available.
This statistic was assembled using several editions of the report.

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