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BHP Billiton’s Leinster nickel operation is located approximately 600 kilometres north-east of Perth in the eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia.
Leinster includes two underground mines and a concentration plant, which has an operating capacity of three million tonnes of ore per year. The mining operation employs 992 workers and produces between 40,000 and 45,000 tonnes of nickel in concentrate per year, which is then shipped by rail to the Kalgoorlie smelter. Leinster’s fleet
is currently comprised of 42 heavy equipment units and 70 light vehicles.
The Leinster nickel operation is part of the BHP Billiton Nickel West business group. BHP Billiton gained control of Nickel West in June 2005. The Nickel West business unit is the third-largest producer of nickel concentrate in the world.

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