What We Do

Cosmic Boy

The high-grade nickel ore mined from Forrestania is processed through the Cosmic Boy Concentrator (CBC) and sold into offtake agreements with Tsingshan Group, China’s largest stainless steel producer and BHP Billiton.

The CBC treats the raw nickel and produces a consistent nickel concentrate product grading approximately 14% nickel. The concentrate produced from the Forrestania project is characterised by low impurities such as magnesium which makes it more desirable to smelters.

The concentrator consists of a three-stage crushing circuit, followed by a single closed-circuit ball mill and a system of flotation tanks and thickening/filtration system.

The recovery rates for Cosmic Boy currently average between 85% and 90%. The recovery rates refer to the percentage amount of nickel recovered from the raw ore during processing.

At CBC a Mill Recovery Enhancement Project (MREP) has recently been commissioned.  The MREP incorporates the use of the Company’s BioHeap™ technology to recover nickel from the tailings waste stream. The nickel recovered is then converted into a high-grade nickel sulphide product which can either be mixed with the CBC floatation concentrate or sold as a separate premium product suitable to be processed in a refinery.

PRODUCTION STATISTICS

  • ItemUnit2019/20202018/2019
    Sep QtrJun QtrMar QtrDec Qtr
    Total Ore Mined tonnes147,356133,312141,595139,528
    Mine Grade Ni %3.90%4.10%4.30%4.20%
    Total Nickel Mined tonnes5,8055,4236,0665,851
    Ore Processed (Milling/Concentrator) tonnes149,729152,329146,935154,517
    Processed Grade Ni %3.90%4.00%4.20%4.00%
    Average Processing Recovery %89%88%88%88%
    Total Nickel in Concentrate tonnes5,2595,4335,4485,415
    Total Nickel Sold tonnes5,0515,8905,1895,386
    Contained Nickel in Stockpiles tonnes3,3153,3174,5104,413
    Cash Cost Nickel in Concentrate A$/lb3.062.962.823.15
    Cash Cost Nickel in Concentrate US$/lb2.092.072.012.26
    Exchange Rate US$/A$0.690.70.710.72
    Net Nickel Price (before payability applied) A$/lb11.58.09(*)8.317.01
  • Tonnes minedUnit2019/20202018/2019
    Sep QtrJun QtrMar QtrDec Qtr
    Flying Fox
    Ore Minedtonnes61,41457,21356,38659,309
    GradeNi%3.70%4.20%4.50%4.30%
    Flying Fox Nickel Minedtonnes2,2802,3812,5502,574
    Spotted Quoll
    Ore MinedTonnes85,94276,09985,20980,219
    GradeNi%4.10%4.00%4.10%4.10%
    Spotted Quoll Nickel MinedTonnes3,5253,0423,5163,277
    Total Ore MinedTonnes147,356133,312141,595139,528
    GradeNi%3.90%4.10%4.30%4.20%
    Total Nickel MinedTonnes5,8055,4236,0665,851
  • Tonnes milledUnit2018/20192019/2020
    Dec QtrMar QtrJun QtrSep Qtr
    Total Milled Oretonnes154,517146,935152,329149,729
    Grade%4.00%4.20%4.00%3.90%
    Ave. Recovery%88%88%88%89%
    Nickel in Concentrate Produced (i)tonnes5,4155,4485,4335,259
    Nickel in Concentrate Soldtonnes5,3865,1895,8905,051
  • StockpilesUnit2019/20202018/2019
    Sep QtrJun QtrMar QtrDec Qtr
    Oretonnes75,63877,09896,114101,455
    Grade%3.80%3.80%3.80%3.70%
    Concentratetonnes2,8752,3905,4814,093
    Grade%15.80%15.10%15.10%15.60%
    Contained Nickel in Stockpilestonnes3,3153,3174,5104,413
  • Financial StatisticsUnit2019/20202018/2019
    Sep QtrJun QtrMar QtrDec Qtr
    Group Production Cost/lb
    Mining Cost (*)A$/lb2.262.242.112.38
    HaulageA$/lb0.060.070.060.07
    MillingA$/lb0.550.460.480.51
    AdminA$/lb0.220.220.20.22
    By Product CreditsA$/lb-0.03-0.03-0.03-0.03
    Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)A$/lb3.062.962.823.15
    Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)US$/lb(**)2.092.072.012.26
    Exchange Rate US$ / A$0.690.70.710.72