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SYDNEY, May 27 (Reuters) - Global miner Vale does not have plans to shut its nickel operations in New Caledonia amid social unrest caused by an effluent spill, the company said to a local newspaper.
Peter Poppinga, an executive director at Vale, said he estimated damages to the mining site to be at least $20 million to $30 million, including the destruction of trucks and mining equipment.
New Caledonia's southern provincial government ordered an immediate halt to operations early May and has yet to communicate as to when Brazil-based Vale can resume its activities. (Reporting by Cecile Lefort)