BHP Nickel West charged by battery boom new revolution

Original article by Tess Ingram
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 18 : 10-Aug-17

BHP Billiton aims to capitalise on the growing demand for lithium-ore batteries, with plans to build a nickel sulfate plant at Kwinana in Western Australia. The first stage of the project will cost $US43.2m and have annual production capacity of 100,000 tonnes of nickel sulfate hexahydrate. Stage two of the project would increase the plant’s annual capacity to 200,000 tonnes. The nickel sulfate project has secured the near-term future of BHP’s Nickel West business, which was facing the prospect of closure in coming years after efforts to sell it failed.

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, INDEPENDENCE GROUP NL – ASX IGO, WESTERN AREAS LIMITED – ASX WSA, NICKEL WEST, DIGGERS AND DEALERS FORUM, TESLA INCORPORATED

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