WA nickel mine cuts jobs

Independence Group has blamed the low nickel price for job cuts at its Long mine near Kalgoorlie.

28 people will lose their jobs in a shake-up at the site which includes cutting production from a forecast 9000 to 10,000t of contained nickel to a range of 8500 to 9000t.

Independence said future mining activities at the site will focus on longhole stoping, supported by twin boom jumbo development. Other mining methods and activities, including mechanised cut and fill, air-leg mining, and single boom jump, will be discontinued immediately.

The changes are expected to cut Long's operating costs by between 11 and 13 per cent.

Independence managing director, Peter Bradford, said the company regretted the impact the changes will have on its people.

“It is a decision that has not been taken lightly,” Bradford said.

“IGO remains committed to the Kambalda community and the broader Goldfields community.”

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