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

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

 Tonnes Mined    2016/2017 2017/2018
    Dec Qtr Mar Qtr Jun Qtr Sep Qtr
 Flying Fox          
 Ore Tonnes Mined     60,304 57,573 58,511 60,890
 Grade    4.6% 4.6% 4.3% 4.1%
 Ni Tonnes Mined   2,769 2,626 2,511 2,510
 Spotted Quoll - Underground          
 Ore Tonnes Mined   88,603 91,510 82,085 78,561
 Grade    4.6% 4.5% 4.2% 4.3%
 Ni Tonnes Mined   4,098      4,152 3,483 3,345
 Total - Ore Tonnes Mined       148,907 149,083 140,596 139,451
 Grade    4.6% 4.5% 4.3% 4.2%
 Total Ni Tonnes Mined           6,867  6,778 5,994 5,855
           
 Tonnes Milled and Sold           
 Ore Processed       137,989 121,623 131,040 141,151
 Ore Sorter & Low Grade Stockpile   17,154 30,226 20,160 13,721
 Total Milled Ore   155,143 151,849 151,200 154,872
 Grade    4.2% 4.2% 4.3% 4.0%
 Ave. Recovery    90% 88% 88% 87%
 Ni Tonnes in Concentrate              5,844 5,672 5,726 5,338
 Total Nickel Sold        6,249 5,397 5,805 5,348
                                  
           
 Stockpiles           
 Ore      66,974  94,433 103,990 102,290
 Grade    4.3% 4.1% 3.7% 3.4%
 Concentrate            1,267  2,152 1,159 453
 Grade    15.0% 16.8% 14.2% 14.5%
 Contained Ni in Stockpiles                 3,070  4,233 4,027 3,585
           
 Financial Statistics           
 Group Production Cost/lb          
 Mining Cost (*)                     1.69 1.38   1.70 1.75
 Haulage                    0.06      0.06 0.06 0.06
 Milling                     0.45 0.64 0.51 0.51
 Admin                   0.18     0.17    0.17 0.20
 By Product Credits                 (0.03)    (0.02)    (0.02) (0.03)
 Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)                       2.35      2.23 2.42 2.49
 Cash Cost Ni in Con/lb (***)                     1.76      1.69 1.82 1.97
 Exchange Rate US$ / A$             

    0.75

    0.76 0.75 0.79
 (*)     Mining Costs are net of deferred waste costs and inventory stockpile movements 
 (**)   US$ FX for Relevant Quarter is RBA ave daily rate  (Sept 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.
 Note. Grade and recovery estimates are subject to change until the final assay data are received.