Concentrator Area

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.   

Quick Facts

  • 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

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