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Mine: WA Heavy Mineral Sand Operation
Commodity: Heavy Mineral Sand
Ownership: Iluka Resources, 100 per cent

Iluka is involved in the exploration, project development, operation and marketing of mineral sands products, and has significant assets in WA, consisting of the Mid West and South West operations.

Iluka’s Mid West operations consist of processing and upgrading facilities located to the north of Perth. Mining operations at Mid West, predominantly at Eneabba, were idled in 2009 and in 2010 associated with name plate production of heavy mineral concentrate being achieved from the Jacinth-Ambrosia operation in South Australia, which is now the major concentrate feed source for the Narngulu mineral separation plant, near Geraldton. The Narngulu mineral processing facilities are located 10kms from the Port of Geraldton. These facilities were upgraded in 2009 and 2010 to accept Jacinth-Ambrosia heavy mineral concentrate.

Iluka also upgrades ilmenite through two coal fired synthetic rutile kilns to produce higher-grade titanium products (synthetic rutile) for the export market. Product is predominantly exported through the port of Geraldton on the WA coast.

Iluka's South West operations consist of synthetic rutile upgrading facilities at Capel, south of Perth. Iluka ceased mining activities at its South West operations during 2009, but began mining at its new project, Tutunup South, in mid 2011.

At North Capel, Iluka operates two coal fired synthetic rutile kilns, with product predominantly exported through the port of Bunbury. Iluka’s South West operations have a number of sites that have previously been mined and are now in rehabilitation and site closure phases.

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