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.


  • 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