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ILUKA TO SUSPEND OPERATIONS AT HAMILTON MINERAL SEPARATION PLANT

Mar.29 2017      Source:ruidow

Keywords:zircon sand

Iluka Resources Limited (Iluka) advises that operations will be suspended at the company’s Hamilton mineral separation plant in October 2017. By this time, Iluka expects to have processed its remaining heavy mineral 
concentrate from Victorian Murray Basin mining operations, which concluded in March 2015. The suspension will result in up to 60 positions at the Hamilton plant being made redundant from October 2017. 
 
Operations at Hamilton will be suspended until concentrate becomes available from Iluka’s next planned mining evelopment in the Murray Basin – at Balranald, New South Wales. Iluka is undertaking detailed evaluative work for Balranald and it is not expected that concentrate will be available from any such development before 2019. 
 
Iluka concluded mining operations in Victoria in March 2015. Since that time, the Hamilton plant has processed concentrate sourced predominantly from Victorian stockpiles, supplemented with concentrate transported by road, rail and sea from the company’s Jacinth-Ambrosia mine in South Australia. Under this arrangement, Victorian stockpiles were scheduled to be exhausted in June 2018. To reduce transport, storage and handling costs; and to increase the overall efficiency of Iluka’s two Australian mineral separation plants (Hamilton and Narngulu, Western Australia); the company has taken the decision to process the Victorian stockpile only at Hamilton, without supplementing it with concentrate imported from Jacinth-Ambrosia in South Australia. As a result, the Victorian stockpiles will now be exhausted in October 2017. 

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