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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.


  • 2018/2019YTD
    ItemUnitSep QtrDec QtrMar QtrJun QtrTotal
    Total Ore MinedTns141,567139,528141,595133,312556,002
    Mine GradeNi %4.1%4.2%4.3%4.1%4.2%
    Total Nickel Minedtonnes5,8685,8516,0665,42323,208
    Ore Processed (Milling/Concentrator)tonnes156,706154,517146,935152,329610,487
    Processed GradeNi %3.9%4.0%4.2%4.0%4.0%
    Average Mill Recovery%89%88%88%88%88%
    Total Nickel in Concentrate Producedtonnes5,3795,4155,4485,43321,675
    Total Nickel Soldtonnes5,0185,3865,1895,89021,483
    Contained Nickel in stockpilestonnes4,8204,4134,5103,317
    Cash Cost Nickel in ConcentrateA$/lb2.993.152.822.962.98
    Cash Cost Nickel in ConcentrateUS$/lb2.
    Exchange RateUS$/A$0.730.720.710.700.72
    Realised Nickel Price (before payability)A$/lb7.917.018.317.667.72
  • 2018/2019YTD
    Tonnes MinedSep QtrDec QtrMar QtrJun QtrTotal
    Flying Fox
    Ore Minedtonnes58,69959,30956,38657,213231,607
    GradeNi %4.0%4.3%4.5%4.2%4.2%
    Flying Fox Nickel Minedtonnes2,3302,5742,5502,3819,835
    Spotted Quoll
    Ore Minedtonnes82,86880,21985,20976,099324,395
    GradeNi %4.3%4.1%4.1%4.0%4.1%
    Spotted Quoll Nickel Minedtonnes3,5383,2773,5163,04213,373
    Total Ore Minedtonnes141,567139,528141,595133,312556,002
    GradeNi %4.1%4.2%4.3%4.1%4.2%
    Total Nickel Minedtonnes5,8685,8516,0665,42323,208
  • 2018/2019YTD
    Tonnes Milled and SoldSep QtrDec QtrMar QtrJun QtrTotal
    Total Milled Oretonnes156,706154,517146,935152,329610,487
    Average Recovery %89%88%88%88%88%
    Total Nickel in Concentrate Produced (i)tonnes5,3795,4155,4485,43321,675
    Nickel in Concentrate Soldtonnes5,0185,3865,1895,89021,483
  • 2018/2019
    StockpilesSep QtrDec QtrMar QtrJun Qtr
    Concentrate tonnes4,4624,0935,4812,390
    Contained Nickel in Stockpilestonnes4,8204,4134,5103,317
  • 2018/2019
    Financial StatisticsSep QtrDec QtrMar QtrJun QtrYTD
    Group Production Cost/lb
    Mining Cost (*)A$/lb2.242.382.112.242.24
    By Product CreditsA$/lb(0.03)(0.03)(0.03)(0.03)(0.03)
    Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)A$/lb2.993.152.822.962.98
    Cash Cost Ni in Con/lb (***)US$/lb (**)
    Exchange Rate US$ / A$0.730.720.710.700.72