Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 23 : 26-Sep-18
BHP Billiton is still assessing the damage to its nickel smelter in Kalgoorlie after a fire in the plant’s furnace room on 23 September. A spokeswoman has indicated that it is uncertain as to when production will resume. The smelter is part of BHP’s Nickel West business, which the resources group had unsuccessfully tried to sell in recent years. Rising demand for nickel has boosted the fortunes of Nickel West, and BHP may elevate it to a core asset. Macquarie Group is upbeat about the outlook for nickel, forecasting that it will average $US13,800 per tonne in 2018 and $US20,000/tonne in 2019.
BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, NICKEL WEST, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, DIGGERS AND DEALERS FORUM, LONDON METAL EXCHANGE LIMITED, WMC RESOURCES LIMITED, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32