Ravensthorpe to ramp up

First Quantum Minerals, owner of the previously mothballed Ravensthorpe nickel operation in Western Australia, has set its production targets for the mine as it is now coming online
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First Quantum's Ravensthorpe nickel mine in WA

President Geoffrey Clive Newall said in the company's preliminary production and guidance report released January 9 that, for 2020, it was aiming for nickel production of 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes.

For 2021, it is eyeing a range of 25,000t to 28,000t; the miner said that rate was scheduled to be maintained through 2022.

First Quantum recently appointed its open-pit contractor, Maca; its scope of work includes load and haul, drilling and blasting.

Ravensthorpe, which had been a BHP operation prior to First Quantum's acquisition of it nine years ago, had been on care and maintenance since late 2017.

First Quantum owns 100% of the mine, which is situated about 550 kilometres southeast of Perth.