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

Recent Mine and Mill Production and Cash Costs Figures are below:

 

FY19

Sep Qtr

FY19 

Dec Qtr

FY19

Mar Qtr

FY19

Jun Qtr

YTD Total

Tonnes Mined          
 Flying Fox          
 Ore Tonnes Mined 58,699 59,309 56,386 57,213 231,607
 Grade  4.0% 4.3% 4.6% 4.2% 4.2%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 2,330 2,574 2,550 2,381 9,835
 Spotted Quoll - Underground          
 Ore Tonnes Mined 82,868 80,219 85,209 76,099 324,395
 Grade  4.3% 4.1% 4.1% 4.0% 4.1%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 3,538 3,277 3,516 3,042 13,373
 Total - Ore Tonnes Mined  141,567 139,528 141,595 133,312 556,002
 Grade  4.1% 4.2% 4.3% 4.1% 4.2%
 Total Ni Tonnes Mined  5,868 5,851 6,066 5,423 23,208
           
 Tonnes Milled and Sold           
 Total Ore Milled 156,706 154,417 146,935 152,329 610,487
 Grade  3.9% 4.0% 4.2% 4.0% 4.0%
 Ave. Recovery  89% 88% 88% 88% 88%
 Ni Tonnes in Concentrate Producted (i)    5,379 5,415 5,448 5,433 21,675
 Total Nickel in Concentrate Sold  5,018 5,386 5,189 5,890 21,483
           
 Stockpiles           
 Ore  118,548 101,455 96,114 77,098  
 Grade  3.5% 3.7% 3.8% 3.8%  
 Concentrate     4,462 4,093 5,481 2,390  
 Grade  15.4% 15.6% 15.1% 15.1%  
 Contained Ni in Stockpiles      4,820   4,413 4,510 3,317  
           
 Financial Statistics           
 Group Production Cost/lb          
 Mining Cost (*)    2.24   2.38 2.11 2.24 2.24
 Haulage       0.07    0.07 0.06 0.07 0.07
 Milling        0.49 0.51 0.48 0.46 0.48
 Admin       0.22 0.22 0.20 0.22 0.22
 By Product Credits     (0.03) (0.03) (0.03) (0.03) (0.03)
 Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)         2.99      3.15 2.82 2.96 2.98
 Cash Cost Ni in Con/lb (***)          2.19  2.26 2.01 2.07 2.13
 Exchange Rate US$ / A$        0.73

       0.72

0.71 0.70 0.72

(*)   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$0.70).
(***) 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.