WHAT WE DO

Spotted Quoll

Spotted Quoll is Western Areas’ second mine and was discovered in October 2007, as a result of Western Areas ongoing investment in regional and near-mine exploration.

Spotted Quoll has high nickel grades also making it one of the world’s highest-grade nickel mines.

The Spotted Quoll orebody is open at depth with the mine currently planned to just over 1km below the surface.  The primary stoping method is a ‘top-down’ mining method using long-hole open stoping with paste fill.  The narrower and shallower areas are mined using top-down narrow vein techniques. Currently Spotted Quoll has a mine life exceeding six years, based on current reserves.

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