Balranald and Nepean are two rutile-rich mineral sands deposits in the northern Murray Basin, New South Wales.
The Balranald development, subject to regulatory approvals and the approval of the Iluka Board, will provide the potential for substantial rutile, zircon and associated ilmenite production.

The definitive feasibility study for a conventional development approach was completed in 2016. Studies included assessment of conventional mine development options, with detailed work undertaken on a cross pit stacker concept. Associated work has included dewatering ore requirements with hydrogeological modelling and testing. The conventional development option definitive feasibility study has ceased in favour of progressing, in a phased manner, an unconventional mining approach.

During 2016 Iluka made a significant investment in trialling an innovative mineral sands mining technique. The key potential benefits of the alternative, underground mining approach are expected to include: a lower capital-intensive development approach, phased production expansion and lower environmental impacts.

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.

Mineral Resources, West Balranald and Nepean
Heavy Mineral (HM) 14.4 million tonnes
HM Grade 31.6%
Assemblage rutile 12%; zircon 11%; ilmenite 63%

The information in relation to the Mineral Resources for West Balranald and Nepean have been compiled in accordance with the guidelines of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (The JORC Code, 2012 Edition) and are presented in the “Updated Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve Statement” reported to the ASX on the 21 February 2017.