BHP Nickel West has received approval from the Western Australian Government to develop its Venus nickel sulphate deposit near Leinster in the northern Goldfields.
Australian Mining is reporting the Venus deposit, which was initially discovered in 2012 and hosts over 200,000 tonnes of nickel reserves, will provide feed for the Leinster nickel operation’s mill and concentrator.
BHP Nickel West intends to pivot towards the development and supply of battery-grade nickel for renewable technologies such as electric vehicles.
It has three new mines in the works, including Venus.
The others include a satellite mine at the Mt Keith operation (which received approval from the WA Environmental Protection Authority last year), and the low-cost Leinster B-11 block cave.
Venus is the first of the three mines to finalise its approvals process.
The Venus team have reportedly started developing access drives to the site and production should commence early this year.