On Friday, the nickel price surged to $16,222/ton on the London Metal Exchange (LME), on further speculation that Indonesia is planning to bring forward its ban of raw mineral exports by three years.
As the world’s largest miner of the widely used industrial metal, having produced over 560,000MT in 2018, any such ban would likely have a hugely disruptive effect on this already stretched market.
In fact, the last time Indonesia banned exports, in 2014, the price shot up more than 50% over the following five months. It then peaked at $21,150/ ton.
If the world’s largest island country follows through with its threat, a similar move could be on the cards today.
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