The processing area is where the value-add is delivered by reducing the size of the ore while separating out the waste thereby increasing the iron content.
The process starts at the four in-pit crushers in the mine pit where the ore is reduced to the size of a house brick. It is then transported by conveyor through a series of massive crushing mills, screens and magnetic separators, while all the time being mixed with water to make a slurry.
The concentrate slurry is then pumped via a 30km pipeline to the port where it is dewatered and stacked in the port stockyard ready for export while the water is recycled and pumped back to the concentrator area.
- Four in-pit crushers - each equivalent to the size of 7 storey building
- Capacity to crush 4,250 tonnes per hour per unit
- Six processing lines constructed and now in ramp up
- Some of the largest grinding mills in the world
- Magnetic separators separate the iron ore concentrate from the waste
- A state of the art dewatering plant that removes water from the concentrate before it is transported to the stockyard by conveyor
- Water recycled and sent back to the concentrator area
- Port stockyard is approximately 1km long and 250m wide and at full capacity will hold 1.4 million tonnes of product ready for shipping