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Given the high stress and poor rock mass conditions found at the Perseverance Mine, appropriate mine
engineering and planning techniques are necessary, amongst other mine operational aspects, to perform
sustainable mining at current and projected depths. This paper describes the processes and techniques
relevant to mine planning and the geotechnical engineering considerations used at Perseverance in the
context of deep mining in the Agnew-Wiluna Greenstone Belt. Perseverance Mine produces nickel sulphide
ore using sub-level caving and long-hole stoping, and is wholly owned by BHP-Billiton Nickel West. The
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