30 Mar 2007

New Caledonia's Goro company says 2011 will see full nickel production

5:48 pm on 30 March 2007

The New Caledonian Goro Nickel company has told an international nickel conference in Noumea this week that its production facilities will be in full operation by 2011.

Goro presented an update of its schedule and expenditure at the Noumea conference attended by nickel experts and company representatives from around the world.

Its spokesperson, Catherine Guillaume, says it is planning a number of improvements in environmental and other key areas.

Ms Guillaume says despite these changes, the project is on schedule

"The construction will be ending in the last quarter of 2008. So we will be able to start production at the beginning of 2009 and the rump up will take three years. That's a completely normal process. So that means that in 2011 we will be able to be in full production."

Catherine Guillaume says despite new warnings by the Kanak activist group Rheebu Nuu of further disruptions due to environmental concerns, it is confident it can find a solution through dialogue.