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Vale to shutter nickel mine in Canada; up to 200 jobs at stake

Vale Canada said on Tuesday it would suspend operations at its Birchtree nickel mine, in the province of Manitoba, on October 1, because of weak nickel prices and declining ore grades as the small, 51-year-old mine nears the end of its life. The suspension will result in up to 200 job losses and a 6 000 t/y reduction in nickel from Vale's Manitoba operations, Vale Canada said in a statement.

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