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Barminco hits trouble at Nova

Underground mining contractor Barminco has been whacked by Independence Group for its performance over December and January at the new Nova nickel-copper operation, with a significant slowdown in development rates leading to expectations that 50% less metal than expected could be produced in the current financial year.

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Barminco development rates at Nova in Western Australia fell behind target in November and December

Barminco have brought in 40 new personnel to the operation and strengthened site management, while a fifth jumbo is expected to arrive this month.

Development rates have now improved.