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SYDNEY, May 8 (Reuters) - Vale has suspended production at its Goro nickel processing plant in New Caledonia due to a spill, a New Zealand radio station reported on Thursday.
The president of New Caledonia's Southern Province Cynthia Ligeard ordered an immediate halt to operations due to an effluent spill containing some acid, according to a news report by Radio New Zealand International.
Nickel prices on the LME have already soared by more than a third this year due to supply constraints in Indonesia. LME nickel reached the highest in 19 months at $18,849 a tonne on Thursday.
The government of New Caledonia and Vale were not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Richard Pullin)