Inco's first shipment of nickel concentrate left Voisey's Bay, Labrador Wednesday making its way to Sudbury for processing.
More than six months ahead of schedule the first shipment will be transported to Quebec City before coming to the Copper Cliff smelter by rail. Inco expects to produce the first finished nickel from the Voisey's Bay concentrate in the first quarter of 2006.
Production at Voisey's Bay is expected to ramp up in the coming months which is good economic news for this area, since all nickel concentrate will be refined here for the next couple years until a refinery is constructed at Voisey's Bay.
The first phase of the Voisey's Bay project is expected to generate about 110 million pounds of nickel concentrate annually.