What is Nickel?
According to the International Nickel Study Group (INSG), Nickel (symbol Ni, atomic weight 58.71, atomic number 28) is a lustrous, silvery-white metal discovered in 1751. It has a melting point of 1453° C, relatively low thermal and electrical conductivity, high resistance to corrosion and oxidation, excellent strength and toughness at elevated temperatures, and is capable of being magnetized. It is attractive and very durable as a pure metal, and alloys readily with many other metals.
(Description culled from www.insg.org/whatnickel.aspx)
Nickel is used by many countries in coin production; it can be used to make coatings on steel. It is though most widely used alongside other metals in the production of stainless and heat-resisting steels. It can also be used in the production of simple tools and utensils such as knifes, spades, spoons, kitchen sinks, pots, etc.
Well, nickel deposit has been discovered in Dangoma, a small town in Kaduna, North-West Region of Nigeria. According to the Australian mining company that discovered it, it is the purest the world has seen so far, which has a purity of 90% nickel. Note: stainless steel is in high demand all across the world; and Nigeria has an annual steel demand of 6.8 metric tons. This earth’s natural boon found within the borders of our great nation, if properly utilized, will undoubtedly bridge the wide gap between the annual steel demand and the current annual steel production in Nigeria, and also give the country an opportunity to contribute to, and be relevant in, meeting the high demand of stainless steel globally.
Nigeria is indeed a blessed country!