Overview

Western Australia is the mineral processing hub of Iluka’s Australian operations.  The Narngulu mineral separation plant, near Geraldton, produces zircon and rutile final products.  Iluka's operations at Capel, in south west Western Australia, produce synthetic rutile, an upgraded ilmenite product.

Narngulu and Capel also host the bulk of Iluka’s metallurgical expertise – an important aspect of the company’s technical development activities. 

Cataby is a large predominantly chloride ilmenite deposit located approximately 150 kilometres north of Perth, in the Shire of Dandaragan. The operation (which commenced in Q2 2019) has an anticipated mine life of 8.5 years, with the possibility to extend this by a further four years.
      

The Narngulu mineral separation plant, near Geraldton, is one of the largest mineral separation facilities globally with capacity to process 1.2 million tonnes per annum of heavy mineral concentrate and produce ~365 thousand tonnes per annum of zircon finished product. It is capable of accepting heavy mineral concentrate from various production sources; and currently processes heavy mineral concentrate from Iluka's Jacinth-Ambrosia mine in South Australia. The plant produces zircon, rutile and ilmenite finished products, which are exported from the Port of Geraldton. 

Iluka's Capel operation includes two synthetic rutile kilns: SR 1, with an annual production capacity of ~120 thousand tonnes (currently idle); and SR 2, with an annual production capacity of ~200 thousand tonnes. The synthetic rutile process upgrades chloride ilmenite to a titanium dioxide content of 85-95 per cent.
 
The Cataby mine, located ~150km north of Perth, commenced production in Q2 2019. Cataby will produce an average of ~375 thousand tonnes per annum of chloride ilmenite, which will be used as a feed source for Iluka's synthetic rutile operations. The mine will also produce rutile and zircon, via processing at the Narngulu mineral separation plant.