Western Areas has a consistent track record of meeting or exceeding production targets, whilst remaining Australia's lowest cost nickel producer.

Recent Mine and Mill Production and Cash Costs Figures are below:

 

FY18

Mar Qtr

FY18 

Jun Qtr

FY19

Sep Qtr

FY19

Dec Qtr

FY19

YTD Total

Tonnes Mined          
 Flying Fox          
 Ore Tonnes Mined 66,858 67,236 58,699 59,309 118,008
 Grade  3.7% 3.9% 4.0% 4.3% 4.2%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 2,466 2,625 2,330 2,574 4,904
 Spotted Quoll - Underground          
 Ore Tonnes Mined 96,621 93,478 82,868 80,219 163,087
 Grade  3.9% 4.0% 4.3% 4.1% 4.2%
 Ni Tonnes Mined 3,770 3,756 3,538 3,277 6,815
 Total - Ore Tonnes Mined  163,479 160,714 141,567 139,528 281,095
 Grade  3.8% 4.0% 4.1% 4.2% 4.2%
 Total Ni Tonnes Mined  6,236  6,381 5,868 5,851 11,719
           
 Tonnes Milled and Sold           
 Ore Processed  144,925 152,425 156,706 154,417 311,223
 Ore Sorter & Low Grade Stockpile 3,158 - - - -
 Total Milled Ore 148,083 148,083 156,706 154,517 311,223
 Grade  3.9% 4.0% 3.9% 4.0% 3.9%
 Ave. Recovery  86% 89% 89% 88% 89%
 Ni Tonnes in Concentrate Producted (i)     4,827 5,368 5,379 5,415 10,794
 Total Nickel in Concentrate Sold  4,750  5,176 5,018 5,386 10,404
           
 Stockpiles           
 Ore    127,504  135,793 118,548 101,455 101,455
 Grade  3.1% 3.2% 3.5% 3.7% 3.7%
 Concentrate       2,426  2,972 4,462 4,093 4,093
 Grade  14.7% 15.1% 15.4% 15.6% 15.6%
 Contained Ni in Stockpiles       4,311   4,755 4,820 4,413 4,413
           
 Financial Statistics           
 Group Production Cost/lb          
 Mining Cost (*)      1,89      2.03 2.24 2.38 2.31
 Haulage        0.07      0.07 0.07 0.07 0.07
 Milling          0.57  0.52 0.49 0.51 0.50
 Admin         0.21   0.21 0.22 0.22 0.22
 By Product Credits         (0.03)  (0.03) (0.03) (0.03) (0.03)
 Cash Cost Ni in Con (***)           2.71       2.80 2.99 3.15 3.07
 Cash Cost Ni in Con/lb (***)            2.13   2.12 2.19 2.26 2.22
 Exchange Rate US$ / A$         0.79

       0.76

0.73 0.72 0.72

(i) Includes MREP Nickel tonnes produced.

(*)   Mining Costs are net of deferred waste costs and inventory stockpile movements. 
(**)  US$ FX for Relevant Quarter is RBA average daily rate (Dec Qtr = A$1:US$0.72).
(***) 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.