South west operations map

Mining at Cataby, Western Australia, will commence from Q2 2019.
Chloride Ilmenite feed for Iluka's synthetic rutile production at Capel will be sourced from the Cataby mine which is expected to start production from June 2019. 


Operational Overview


The Narngulu mineral separation plant in the mid west is one of the largest mineral  separation facilities globally. It is capable of accepting heavy mineral concentrate from various production sources and currently treats heavy mineral concentrate from the Jacinth-Ambrosia and Tutunup South mines. The plant produces finished products of zircon, rutile and ilmenite, exported from the Port of Geraldton.

Synthetic Rutile

Iluka currently operates one synthetic rutile kiln in Western Australia, SR 2, which has an annual production capacity of approximately 225 thousand tones of synthetic rutile. The kiln upgrades a lower titanium dioxide content chloride ilmenite to produce synthetic rutile products, with a titanium dioxide content between 85 - 95 per cent.

Iluka has undertaken trial work for the development of new synthetic rutile products. This includes work to produce a potential sulphate pigment feedstock, referred to as Acid Soluble Synthetic Rutile (ASSR).


The Cataby mine in Western Australia is expected to commence production in June 2019. The mine is expected to produce an average of ~370kpta of chloride ilmenite which will be used as a feed source for Iluka’s synthetic rutile operations. The ilmenite will be processed at the Capel dry plant. Non-magnetic materials (zircon and rutile) are processed at the Narngulu mineral separation plant, dependent on market demand and plant availability.

The Eneabba mining area in the Mid West has been a major source of mineral sands production since the 1970s. The site is currently under active rehabilitation.