Western Areas picks up Forrestania operations after fire

Photo taken by Hannans geologist Nick Swanepoel on December 4.

Western Areas has resumed operations at the Forrestania nickel mine in Western Australia following a bush fire incident last week.

Most staff have returned to normal working responsibilities over the weekend and all workers are safe and fully accounted for.

No mining or infrastructure assets have sustained damage, according to Western Areas.

Communications in and out of the Forrestania mine have also returned to normal following very limited contact last week.

Western Areas restarted its operations using back-up power generation. The Cosmic Boy mill operations remain suspended until power transmission was restored.

The bush fire damaged three Western Power poles north of the Forrestania operation, which were restored yesterday evening.

Western Areas does not expect any impact to its nickel production or cost guidance for the 2020 financial year.

The bushfire was started by a lightning strike on December 4 and lasted for two days.

“(Western Areas) would again like to extend its thanks to the Forrestania nickel operation emergency response team and the various firefighting teams that have assisted in keeping our people and the Forrestania operation safe,” the company stated.

The Forrestania nickel project is located 400 kilometres east of Perth.

The bush fire has also led to the suspension of mining junior Hannans’ Forrestania exploration project, which is located approximately 120 kilometres south of South Cross in the Goldfields region of Western Australia.

All Hannans employees and contractors were safe, have departed the exploration camp and were out of danger and roads in and out of its Forrestania project were closed as of last Friday.

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