Forrestania mining project currently consists of three areas of production. Owned by Western Areas, Forrestania has two working mines and a concentrator plant. Forrestania is located approximately 400km south east of Perth.
Flying Fox was the first mine developed by Western Areas and is one of the highest grade Nickel deposits in the world. During recent exploration drilling it has been found that a considerable amount of ore is found at greater depths underground. Forrestania management are investigating the feasibility of a shaft to access the ore. Currently mine reserves are thought to be 150,000 Nickel tonnes with a mine life extending beyond 2020.
Spotted Quoll is a open pit mine and has since been renamed the Tim King pit after one of Western Areas founding board members. Current reserves are estimated at 125,000 tonnes of Nickel at a depth of 650m. The Spotted Quoll mine has an estimated 10 year mine life without any significant exploration underground.
The Cosmic Boy concentrator plant was commissioned in 2009 and was built to process the Forrestania projects ore. The Concentrator plant can produce 550,000 tpa and is uses a floatation circuit to extract the Nickel.