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

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

  Sep Qtr Dec Qtr Mar Qtr Jun Qtr YTD Total
Tonnes Mined          
 Flying Fox          
 Ore Tonnes Mined 60,890 65,681 66,858 67,236 260,665
 Grade  4.1% 3.7% 3.7% 3.9% 3.9%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 2,510 2,453 2,466 2,625 10,054
 Spotted Quoll - Underground          
 Ore Tonnes Mined 78,561 77,795 96,621 93,478 346,455
 Grade  4.3% 4.5% 3.9% 4.0% 4.2%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 3,345 3,517 3,770 3,756      14,388
 Total - Ore Tonnes Mined      139,541 143,476 163,479 160,714 607,120
 Grade  4.2% 4.2% 3.8% 4.0% 4.0%
 Total Ni Tonnes Mined          5,855 5,970 6,236 6,381 24,442
           
 Tonnes Milled and Sold           
 Ore Processed      141,151 136,816 144,925 152,425 575,317
 Ore Sorter & Low Grade Stockpile 13,721 24,402 3,158 0 41,281
 Total Milled Ore 154,872 161,218 148,083 152,425 616,598
 Grade  4.0% 4.0% 3.9% 4.0% 4.0%
 Ave. Recovery  87% 86% 86% 89% 87%
 Ni Tonnes in Concentrate          5,338 5,527 4,827 5,368 21,060
 Total Nickel Sold       5,348 5,275 4,750 5,176 20,549
           
 Stockpiles           
 Ore     102,290 108,950 127,504 135,793  
 Grade  3.4% 3.1% 3.1% 3.2%  
 Concentrate          453 1,829 2,426 2,972  
 Grade  14.5% 15.7% 14.7% 15.1%  
 Contained Ni in Stockpiles          3,585      3,717 4,311 4,755  
           
 Financial Statistics           
 Group Production Cost/lb          
 Mining Cost (*)            1.75        1.81 1.89 2.03 1.87
 Haulage          0.06         0.07 0.07 0.07    0.07
 Milling             0.51     0.47 0.57 0.52 0.52
 Admin           0.20      0.18 0.21 0.21     0.20
 By Product Credits          (0.03)    (0.03) (0.03) (0.03)    (0.03)
 Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)             2.49        2.50 2.71 2.80     2.63
 Cash Cost Ni in Con/lb (***)             1.97       1.92 2.13 2.12      2.03
 Exchange Rate US$ / A$             0.79

          0.77

0.79 0.76   0.77

(*)   Mining Costs are net of deferred waste costs and inventory stockpile movements. 
(**)  US$ FX for Relevant Quarter is RBA average daily rate (Jun Qtr = A$1:US$0.76).
(***) 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.