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 YTD Total
Tonnes Mined        
 Flying Fox        
 Ore Tonnes Mined 60,890 65,681 66,858 193,429
 Grade  4.1% 3.7% 3.7% 3.8%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 2,510 2,453 2,466 7,429
 Spotted Quoll - Underground        
 Ore Tonnes Mined 78,561 77,795 96,621 252,977
 Grade  4.3% 4.5% 3.9% 4.2%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 3,345 3,517 3,770      10,632
 Total - Ore Tonnes Mined      139,541 143,476 163,479 446,406
 Grade  4.2% 4.2% 3.8% 4.0%
 Total Ni Tonnes Mined          5,855 5,970 6,236 18,061
         
 Tonnes Milled and Sold         
 Ore Processed      141,151 136,816 144,925 422,892
 Ore Sorter & Low Grade Stockpile 13,721 24,402 3,158 41,281
 Total Milled Ore 154,872 161,218 148,083 464,173
 Grade  4.0% 4.0% 3.9% 3.9%
 Ave. Recovery  87% 86% 86% 86%
 MREP Nickel in Circuit - - 97 97
 Ni Tonnes in Concentrate          5,338 5,527 4,827 15,692
 Total Nickel Sold       5,348 5,266 4,750 15,364
         
 Stockpiles         
 Ore     102,290 108,950 127,504  
 Grade  3.4% 3.1% 3.1%  
 Concentrate          453 1,829 2,426  
 Grade  14.5% 15.7% 14.7%  
 Contained Ni in Stockpiles          3,585      3,717 4,311  
         
 Financial Statistics         
 Group Production Cost/lb        
 Mining Cost (*)            1.75        1.81 1.89 1.82
 Haulage          0.06         0.07 0.07    0.07
 Milling             0.51     0.47 0.57 0.51
 Admin           0.20      0.18 0.21     0.20
 By Product Credits          (0.03)    (0.03) (0.03)    (0.03)
 Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)             2.49        2.50 2.71     2.57
 Cash Cost Ni in Con/lb (***)             1.97       1.92 2.13      2.00
 Exchange Rate US$ / A$             0.79

          0.77

0.79   0.78

(*)   Mining Costs are net of deferred waste costs and inventory stockpile movements. 
(**)  US$ FX for Relevant Quarter is RBA average daily rate (Mar Qtr = A$1:US$0.79).
(***) 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.