MOSCOW, May 7 (Reuters) - Russia's Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest nickel and palladium miner, said on Tuesday its nickel and platinum group metals output fell in the first quarter 2013, while copper production rose.
Nickel output was 71,573 tonnes in the first quarter 2013, down 6 percent, year-on-year, due to a shortfall in delivery of raw materials to its operations on the Kola peninsula in Russia and its Harjavalta refinery in Finland, it said in a statement.
The company added that the fall in nickel production was expected to be compensated for in future and kept its 2013 nickel production target unchanged at 230,000-235,000 tonnes at its Russian assets.
The Arctic mining giant also said that its palladium production was down 9 percent to 588,000 troy ounces in the first quarter, while platinum production fell 15 percent to 140,000 ounces. Copper output rose 3 percent to 91,011 tonnes.
Its full 2013 production forecast for all its metals and assets was published in January and is available at
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