Western Areas has a consistent track record of meeting or exceeding production targets, whilst remaining Australia's lowest cost nickel producer.

2017/2018/2019 Mine and Mill Production and Cash Costs Figures are below:

  Dec Qtr  Mar Qtr Jun Qtr Sep Qtr
Tonnes Mined        
 Flying Fox        
 Ore Tonnes Mined 65,681 66,858 67,236 58,699
 Grade  3.7% 3.7% 3.9% 4.0%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 2,453 2,466 2,625 2,330
 Spotted Quoll - Underground        
 Ore Tonnes Mined 77,795 96,621 93,478 82,868
 Grade  4.5% 3.9% 4.0% 4.3%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 3,517 3,770 3,756 3,538
 Total - Ore Tonnes Mined  143,476 163,479 160,714 141,567
 Grade  4.2% 3.8% 4.0% 4.1%
 Total Ni Tonnes Mined      5,970 6,236 6,381 5,868
         
 Tonnes Milled and Sold         
 Ore Processed     136,816 144,925 152,425 156,706
 Ore Sorter & Low Grade Stockpile 24,402 3,158 - -
 Total Milled Ore 161,218 148,083 152,425 156,706
 Grade  4.0% 3.9% 4.0% 3.9%
 Ave. Recovery  86% 86% 89% 89%
 Ni Tonnes in Concentrate Producted (i)       5,527 4,827 5,368 5,379
 Total Nickel in Concentrate Sold    5,527 4,750 5,176 5,018
         
 Stockpiles         
 Ore     108,950 127,504 135,793 118,548
 Grade  3.1% 3.1% 3.2% 3.5%
 Concentrate        1,829 2,426 2,972 4,462
 Grade  15.7% 14.7% 15.1% 15.4%
 Contained Ni in Stockpiles         3,717    4,311 4,755 4,820
         
 Financial Statistics         
 Group Production Cost/lb        
 Mining Cost (*)       1.81       1.89 2.03 2.24
 Haulage          0.07         0.07 0.07 0.07
 Milling             0.47    0.57 0.52 0.49
 Admin           0.18      0.21 0.21 0.22
 By Product Credits          (0.03)    (0.03) (0.03) (0.03)
 Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)            2.50        2.71 2.80 2.99
 Cash Cost Ni in Con/lb (***)             1.92      2.13 2.12 2.19
 Exchange Rate US$ / A$            0.77

          0.79

0.76 0.73

(i) Includes MREP Nickel tonnes produced.

(*)   Mining Costs are net of deferred waste costs and inventory stockpile movements. 
(**)  US$ FX for Relevant Quarter is RBA average daily rate (Sep Qtr = A$1:US$0.73).
(***) Payable terms are not disclosed due to confidentiality conditions of the offtake agreements.  Cash costs exclude royalties and concentrate logistics costs.
Note: Grade and recovery estimates are subject to change until the final assay data are received.