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Flying Fox

Flying Fox is Western Areas first producing underground mine and remains one of the highest grade nickel mines in the world. Production commenced in 2006, and the underground mine now operates at depths of over 1km underground.

The Flying Fox orebody extends from 250m to 1.2km below the surface and includes discrete independent orebodies with possible extensions at depth. The primary stoping method used is ‘top-down’ long-hole stoping using paste-fill to attempt 100% recovery of the high-grade orebody. In the narrower sections of the orebody both modified Avoca with unconsolidated and cemented rock-fill are used.


  • 18/1919/20YTD
    ItemUnitMar QtrJun QtrSep QtrDec QtrTotal
    Total Ore MinedTns141,595133,312147,356144,932292,288
    Mine GradeNi %4.30%4.10%3.90%4.00%4.00%
    Total Nickel Minedtonnes6,0665,4235,8055,84911,654
    Ore Processed (Milling/Concentrator)tonnes146,935152,329149,729143,409293,138
    Processed GradeNi %4.20%4.00%3.90%4.20%4.10%
    Average Mill Recovery%88%88%89%89%89%
    Total Nickel in Concentrate Producedtonnes5,4485,4335,2595,39910,658
    Total Nickel Soldtonnes5,1895,8905,0513,9829,033
    Contained Nickel in stockpilestonnes4,5103,3173,3153,778
    Cash Cost Nickel in ConcentrateA$/lb2.822.963.063.13.07
    Cash Cost Nickel in ConcentrateUS$/lb2.
    Exchange RateUS$/A$0.710.70.690.680.69
    Realised Nickel Price (before payability)A$/lb8.318.0911.59.3910.57

    (*) Noting the export shipment missed the quarter end, leaving port on 1 January 2020

  • 18/1919/20YTD
    Tonnes MinedMar QtrJun QtrSep QtrDec QtrTotal
    Flying Fox
    Ore Minedtonnes56,38657,21361,41460,081121,495
    GradeNi %4.50%4.20%3.70%4.50%4.10%
    Flying Fox Nickel Minedtonnes2,5502,3812,2802,7124,992
    Spotted Quoll
    Ore Minedtonnes85,20976,09985,94284,851170,793
    GradeNi %4.10%4.00%4.10%3.70%3.90%
    Spotted Quoll Nickel Minedtonnes3,5163,0423,5253,1376,662
    Total Ore Minedtonnes141,595133,312147,356144,932292,288
    GradeNi %4.30%4.10%3.90%4.00%4.00%
    Total Nickel Minedtonnes6,0665,4235,8055,84911,654
  • 18/1919/20YTD
    Tonnes Milled and SoldMar QtrJun QtrSep QtrDec QtrTotal
    Total Milled Oretonnes146,935152,329149,729143,409293,138
    Average Recovery%88%88%89%89%89%
    Total Nickel in Concentrate Produced (i)tonnes5,4485,4335,2595,39910,658
    Nickel in Concentrate Soldtonnes5,1895,8905,0513,9919,042

    (i) Includes MREP Nickel tonnes produced.
    (*) Noting the export shipment missed the quarter end, leaving port on 1 January 2020

  • 18/1919/20
    StockpilesMar QtrJun QtrSep QtrDec Qtr
    Contained Nickel in Stockpilestonnes4,5103,3173,3154,389
  • 18/1919/20
    Financial StatisticsMar QtrJun QtrSep QtrDec QtrYTD
    Group Production Cost/lb
    Mining Cost (*)A$/lb2.
    By Product CreditsA$/lb-0.03-0.03-0.03-0.02-0.02
    Flotation Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)A$/lb2.822.963.063.063.06
    Total Cash Cost Ni in Con (***) incl MREPA$/lb--
    Cash Cost Ni in Con/lb (***)US$/lb (**)
    Exchange Rate US$ / A$0.710.70.690.680.69

    (*) Mining Costs are net of deferred waste costs and inventory stockpile movements.
    (**) US$ FX for Relevant Quarter is RBA ave daily rate (Dec Qtr = A$1:US$0.68)
    (***) 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.