23 May BHP to extend Mount Keith nickel mine in Australia
BHP’s (ASX:BHP) Nickel West Australia business is aiming to extend the life of its Mount Keith operations into the 2030s with the development of the Yakabindie satellite deposit.
The Anglo-Australian miner has applied to the Environmental Protection Authority to clear 842 hectares for two open pits, called Six Mile Well and Goliath.
The new mine is set to supplement and replace nickel ore production from the depleting Mount Keith mine, located at the North end of the 800km long Norseman-Wiluna Greenstone belt in Western Australia.
Ore from the two new pits will be transported along a 20km road to the concentrator at Mount Keith, which will deliver up to 40,000 tonnes of nickel concentrate annually, for up to 15 years.
July 2019 has been earmarked as the date for the commencement of the pit development, with first production expected in the early 2020s.
Nickel West currently employs around 2,500 people across its Mount Keith and Leinster nickel mine operations, with further jobs set to be created during the development phase of the new operations.