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.

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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