Ownership: BHP Billiton (60%), Anglo American (40%)
The Groote Eylandt Mining Company currently runs the open cut manganese mine on the Arnhem Land Aboriginal reserve. It is considered to be the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in north-eastern Australia, about 50km from the Northern Territory mainland and 633km southeast of Darwin.
The operation’s beneficiation process consists of crushing, screening and dense media separation with lump and fines products being produced.
The Groote Eylandt site is one of the largest contributors to Northern Territory Government’s mining royalties.
BHP Billiton celebrated 50 years of mining on Groote Eylandt in October 2013 which coincided with the completion of the site’s second stage expansion, which will increase capacity from 4.2mtpa to 4.8mtpa, as well as address infrastructure constraints by increasing road and port capacity to 5.9mtpa.