Western Australian Processing Operations
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.
Western Australian Synthetic Rutile Operations
Iluka has four synthetic rutile kilns in Western Australia – two in the South West near Capel and two in the Mid West at Narngulu. The kilns upgrade a lower titanium dioxide content chloride ilmenite to produce varying synthetic rutile products, with a titanium dioxide content between 85 - 95 per cent. Operational utilisation of the kilns depends on market conditions.
Iluka currently operates one kiln, SR 2, which has an annual production capacity of approximately 225 thousand tones of synthetic rutile. Refer to Further Information below to view full details.
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).
Western Australian Mining Operations
The Tutunup South mine in the South West of Western Australia commenced production in June 2011. The mine produces chloride ilmenite used as a feed source for Iluka’s synthetic rutile operations. The ilmenite is 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. In recent years, the operation has provided Iluka with production flexibility to enable it to respond to market conditions. It is currently idle.