Balranald and Nepean are two rutile-rich mineral sands deposits in the northern Murray Basin, New South Wales.
The deposits are a major potential source of global supply, especially rutile, with material levels of zircon and ilmenite. If progressed, the development of Balranald will form a major part of Iluka’s rutile production subsequent to the completion of mining at the Murray Basin deposits of Woornack, Rownack, Pirro, located in Victoria.

Concentrate produced on site will be transported to Iluka’s Hamilton mineral separation plant for processing into final products.

Activities associated with the definitive feasibility study continue, including an extensive hydrogeological pilot programme, testing of Balranald ilmenite to determine suitability for various downstream processing techniques, environmental impact assessments and detailed mining simulations, which will be followed by detailed engineering required for project execution. Iluka has lodged two Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) as principal approvals processes supporting the Balranald Project. An EIS was submitted to the New South Wales Government in May 2015, while a further EIS was submitted to the Commonwealth Government in February 2016.

Stakeholder and community engagement activities are designed to support Iluka's development of the Balranald deposit. Copies of recent publications available on the Community Information page.

Balranald, if approved and dependent on form of development, has the potential to provide approximately eight years of rutile, zircon and ilmenite production (dependent on nature of development).

Mineral Resources, West Balranald and Nepean
Heavy Mineral (HM) 16.3 million tonnes
HM Grade 32.2%
Assemblage rutile 12%; zircon 11%; ilmenite 63%

The information in relation to the Ore Reserves andMineral Resources for Balranald, Murray Basin was first prepared and disclosed under the JORC Code 2004. It has not been updated since to comply with the 2012 JORC Code on the basis that the information has not materially changed since it was last reported.