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BHP Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation, Australia

Start Year

2008

Producer of

Nickel

Location

35km east of Ravensthorpe and about 570km southeast of Perth, Western Australia

Estimated Investment

$2.2bn

Geology Type

Laterites

Mineral Type

Limonite and Saprolite

Reserves

235Mt at 0.67% Ni and 0.029% Co

Annual Production

Up to 50,000t contained Ni and 1,400t contained Co

Mining Method

Open pit

Processing Method

Crushing and pressure acid leaching, partial neutralisation and precipitation

Employment

650

Expected Mine Life

21 years

Open Pit

Leibherr 994 excavators, no other details released by the company

Processing Plant

No details released by the company

Engineering Contractor

Hatch Associates and GRD Minproc

Ownership

BHP Billiton
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