#Reuters: #BHP delays sulphate output, pushes green battery supply chain
BHP said in August last year that it planned to start nickel sulphate production at its Kwinana plant, south of Perth, by the second quarter of 2020, before development was delayed due to complex engineering required to make the high purity product.
“We expect to have first crystals in the second half of this financial year,” asset president Eddie Haegel told the Diggers and Dealers mining conference in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, according to a copy of his speech.
Nickel makes batteries energy dense so cars can run further on a single charge.
As buyers seek low carbon choices, BHP is focusing on improving the environmental footprint of the operations, Haegel said.
“Our customers and future customers are increasing their demand for clean nickel products and a clean supply chain, so having the best assets also means addressing our Scope 1 and 2 emissions,” Haegel said, referring to direct and indirect carbon emissions such as those that come from power use.