BHP Nickel West mine receives EPA backing (Australian Mining – November 21, 2018)

BHP Billiton Nickel West’s proposal to build and operate a new nickel sulphide mine near Leinster in Western Australia has been approved by the state’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The company plans to integrate the satellite mine into the Mt Keith operation, extending its mine life by 12 years. The proposed Mt Keith project is anticipated to generate around 9.6 million tonnes (Mt) of nickel ore per year.

It is part of BHP Nickel West’s plan to transition into a globally significant battery materials supplier, revealed by asset president Eduard Haegel at the 2018 Diggers & Dealers Mining forum.

The company also forecasts that around 90 per cent of its sales will be made up of its battery materials sector by fourth quarter 2019.

Haegel said of the project in August, “[The Mt Keith satellite mine] will be a very low-cost development. There will be no infrastructure constructed at all. Ore will be brought back to the Mt Keith concentrator.”

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