Mincor Resources NL’s offtake partner BHP Nickel West commenced processing of ore from its Kambalda Nickel Operations in Western Australia through the newly refurbished Kambalda Nickel Concentrator on May 6. This milestone will see Mincor deliver on its previously announced goal of achieving first nickel concentrate production in the June 2022 quarter, marking its return to the ranks of Australian nickel producers, the company said. It expects the first cash-flow from concentrate sales to be achieved in June.

“The successful recommissioning of the Kambalda Nickel Concentrator, which was completed on time and to an exceptional standard, is a significant milestone for both of our companies, and importantly also represents a very significant boost for the Kambalda region,” Mincor Managing Director David Southam said.

Mincor’s ore deliveries to the end of May will be converted into an imputed nickel-in-concentrate, using a grade-recovery curve, he added.

“BHP has a long association with Mincor dating back to 2004, and one which we are looking forward to continuing with this offtake agreement,” said Jessica Farrell, asset president of BHP Nickel West.

Through the restart of the Kambalda Concentrator, BHP will provide an additional 40 jobs in the Kambalda region, including new industry and trainee opportunities, according to Farrell.