Smelter shut down after blaze

BHP Nickel West will put operations at the Kalgoorlie nickel smelter on hold for up to three weeks in the wake of a fire on September 23 that fire authorities say caused $10 million in damages.

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The smelter ablaze

The 45-year-old Kalgoorlie smelter - opened back in the day by then prime minister Gough Whitlam - turns nickel concentrates into 65% pure nickel matte, which is then used as feed for BHP's Kwinana

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