Iluka conducts mining and wet concentration activities at the Jacinth-Ambrosia mine site in the Eucla Basin of South Australia. Jacinth-Ambrosia is capable of producing up to ~ 300 thousand tonnes of zircon per annum, with production levels typically related to market demand conditions. Comprising two contiguous deposits, Jacinth and Ambrosia are located ~ 800 kilometres from Adelaide, and 270 kilometres from the Port of Thevenard near the township of Ceduna. Operations were suspended in April 2016 and are scheduled to restart in December 2017.

Operational Overview

Iluka developed Jacinth-Ambrosia in a capital-efficient manner, with production commencing in 2009. Dry mining and concentration of ore through gravity separation into a heavy mineral concentrate occurs on site and transported to Iluka’s mineral separation processing plant in Western Australia, for the production of final products of zircon, rutile and ilmenite.

Jacinth-Ambrosia was developed and in production in five and a half years from discovery, a record for a remote resource development in Australia. It is the first mining development in a mixed use regional reserve (the Yellabina Regional Reserve) in South Australia, with the operation demonstrating a commitment to the highest environmental standards, including initial land rehabilitation, as well as a commitment to high levels of indigenous employment.

Products

The main product produced is zircon, which is used in the manufacture of ceramics, including floor and wall tiles and sanitary-ware, as well as in casting and foundry applications. Zircon is also used for the manufacture of zirconium chemicals that have a range of derivative applications, including zirconium metal. Jacinth-Ambrosia also produces rutile and chloride ilmenite (the latter suitable for sale or as a feed source for synthetic rutile production).

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