A prefeasibility study (PFS) of GME Resources’ NiWest laterite nickel-cobalt project in the northeastern Goldfields region of Western Australia has confirmed the technical and financial robustness of a long-life operation producing high-purity nickel and cobalt sulphate products. Life-of-mine production would total 456,000 metric tons (mt) of nickel in nickel sulphate and 31,400 mt of cobalt in cobalt sulphate. Average annual production over the first 15 years of operation would be 19,200 mt of contained nickel and 1,400 mt of contained cobalt. Initial mine life is forecast at 27 years at plant throughput capacity of 2.4 million mt per year (mt/y). The project construction period is estimated at 24 months from a final investment decision. Commissioning and plant ramp-up are estimated at approximately 20 months.
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