What is nickel?
How is nickel used?
Food and health
Stainless steel produced from nickel is used in home appliances, kitchen materials and medical instruments.
Nickel is used in process plants, oil and gas, power generation and chemical production.
Nickel has structural applications and can reinforce concrete.
In almost every form of transportation, including cars, trains and the aerospace industry, nickel is a key ingredient.
You’ll find nickel in everyday electronics including mobile phones, laptops and digital cameras.
Nickel is a key component of Lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems used for renewable energy sources.
Nickel and electric cars
Nickel makes a vital contribution to the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles.
The key ingredient
A 60kwh NMC811 battery needs 5kg of cobalt, 5kg of manganese, 6kg of lithium and 39kg of nickel.
When the battery has more nickel, the vehicle can drive for longer.
BHP and electric vehicles
Nickel is a vital part of the batteries that power electric cars.
With more people around the world choosing to drive electric cars, we need more of the essential elements that make up a nickel-rich lithium-ion battery.
Where is nickel found?
Nickel West, Western Australia
A fully integrated mine-to-market nickel business.
All nickel operations (open-cut and underground mines, concentrators, a smelter and refinery) of Nickel West are located in Western Australia. The integrated business adds value throughout our nickel supply chain, with the majority of Nickel West’s current production sold as powder. Nickel West employs over 3,500 employees and contractors.
How do we produce nickel?