Fire breaks out at IGO’s Nova mine

Fire breaks out at IGO’s Nova mine

IGO has suspended all operations at its Nova mine after the site’s diesel engine room caught fire.

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The Nova Operation is located in the Fraser Range, Western Australia and produces nickel-copper-cobalt concentrate. Commercial production commenced in July 2017, and in FY22, Nova achieved a total production of 26,675t Ni, 11,483t Cu, and 982t Co.

On 3 December 2022, the operation’s diesel engine room caught fire at its power station which is run by Zenith Energy. The fire was contained, and no one was injured. As a result of the fire, IGO has opted to temporarily shut down mine operations for several weeks while only essential staff remain on site. The company is working with Zenith to restore power by transporting generators on-site and a commission was established by West Australian mine safety authorities to investigate the cause of the incident.

In Q3, IGO stated that 50% of Nova’s nickel concentrate and all of Forrestania’s (acquired as part of Western Areas in late 2021) nickel concentrate became uncontracted. Due to fire damage and the suspension of the Nova operations, IGO’s Ni-Cu-Co concentrate output will be reduced. It remains to be seen whether this disruption will have an adverse impact on the company’s ongoing talks with potential off-take partners for concentrate volumes.

  • 07 Dec 2022
  • Australia
  • IGO
  • Cobalt
  • Nickel
  • Copper
  • Batteries

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