Mid West

Data as of Jul 22, 2014 12:00AM UTC

Key Facts
Status: Producer
Type of Work: Open-Pit
Location: Western Australia, Australia
                 6 km SSE of Eneabba

Commodities: Ilmenite, Rutile, Titanium, Zirconium
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July 26, 2011
Iluka Resources announced that it plans to resume mining activities within its Eneabba mining area, located in the Mid West of Western Australia.
April 7, 2009
Planned production curtailment activities were announced in response to weak demand. This included changing to a two crew to one crew model at the Eneabba mininig operation, thereby operating the two concentrators on a swing basis (that is, one at a time rather than two together) dependent on ore grade characteristics and production requirements. This change is expected to be made following completion of the current Eneabba mining contract on 31 May 2009 and involve a reduction of up to 80 contractor positions. Over the course of the second half of 2009, this measure, combined with assemblage differences between deposits that will be mined, is expected to reduce zircon production in the Mid West by around 30 thousand tonnes. Flexibility will be retained as to which parts of the ore body can be mined and which products would therefore be produced.
December 31, 2008
Mining continued at Eneabba and at Gingin. While mining at Gingin was scheduled to be completed in the December quarter, the mining and treatment of additional ore continued into 2009, although this material was processed in the South West. Iluka announced during the quarter its intention to take out of production, for an indefinite period, synthetic rutile kiln 4, located in the Mid West, at Narngulu. The kiln is one of four synthetic rutile kilns in Western Australia and will be idled effective from mid 2009. Western Australian production for 2008 was adversely affected by the mining of lower zircon assemblage deposits in both the Mid West and South West, as well as the disruption to gas supplies in June and part of July 2008. Lower 2008 synthetic rutile production also reflected the gas supply disruption, as well as planned maintenance work undertaken on both of the South West kilns in the first quarter of 2008.

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