The Nickel West resource transition involving the construction of three new mines continued to progress during FY2020, with two of these mines now in full production.
In addition, it was announced that Nickel West will be retained in the BHP portfolio.
The Mt Keith satellite mine (Yakabindie) entered production in December 2019 and is now the primary source of feed to the Mt Keith concentrator.
The Venus underground mine transitioned to full production in September 2019, with ore hoisted to the Leinster concentrator.
Leinster B11 (the first block cave to be developed by BHP, located beneath the Leinster underground mine) proceeded in line with expectations, with development ore hoisted to the Leinster concentrator.
Nickel West signed an agreement to acquire the Honeymoon Well development project on 19 June 2020 and the remaining 50 per cent interest in the Albion Downs North and Jericho exploration joint ventures, located approximately 50 kilometres from Mt Keith. Completion of the agreement is subject to a number of conditions, including government and third party approvals.