Nova Operation


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The Nova Operation is located in the Fraser Range, approximately 160km east-northeast of Norseman, 360km southeast of Kalgoorlie and 380km from the Port of Esperance in Western Australia.

The Ngadju People are the Traditional Owners of the land.


The Nova deposit was discovered in July 2012, with development of the current operation commencing in January 2015. Following a successful construction and commissioning phase, the operation commenced commercial production in July 2017, and reached its nameplate production rate in the December 2017 quarter.

Production FY23

In FY23, Nova achieved total production of 22,915 tonnes of nickel, 10,266 tonnes of copper, and 803 tonnes of cobalt at a cash cost of A$3.54/lb Ni (payable).

FY24 Guidance

Metal Production

Nickel: 21,500 to 23,500 tonnes
Copper: 8,500 to 10,000 tonnes
Cobalt: 700 to 800 tonnes

Cash Costs (payable)

A$3.40 to A$3.90/lb Ni

IGO’s guidance contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, assumptions made for future commodity prices, foreign exchange rates, costs and mine scheduling. Achievement of guidance is dependent on meeting target assumptions. Full year guidance ranges reflect an average of the expected outcome for the year, and Quarter on Quarter results can vary significantly from annual guidance.

Sustainability at Nova

Sustainability is at the core of the Nova operating philosophy. Where possible, our team seek to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment and our local communities.

Renewable energy generation and storage at site is a critical step toward achieving our low-emission targets, and in January 2022, IGO announced the expansion of the existing Nova Solar Farm and an investment in a 10MWh battery storage system. The combined solar and battery storage system, delivered in conjunction with our power partner Zenith Energy, will enable Nova to run 100% on renewable energy in an ‘engines-off’ mode for nine consecutive hours over summer and spring – one of the first times a Western Australian mine site has had this capability.

This expansion project is expected to reduce Nova’s carbon equivalent emissions by 24% versus FY21 levels and displace approximately four million litres of diesel per annum, an outstanding achievement.

IGO would like to acknowledge and pay respects to Traditional Owner groups whose land we are privileged to work on, and whose input and guidance we seek and value within the operation of our business. We acknowledge the strong, special physical and cultural connections to their ancestral lands.



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