The Eneabba operation currently involves the extraction, processing and sale of a historical monazite-rich mineral stockpile. As outlined below, the project is being undertaken in a phased approach.

Phase 1 - Screening Plant (Operational)
Following Ministerial approval in 2019, Iluka commenced Phase 1 operations in April 2020. This involves the recovery/mining of the stockpiled monazite and processing through a small-scale washing plant. A 20% monazite and mineral sands concentrate is then exported via Geraldton Port.

Phase 2 - Concentrator (Under Construction)
Building on the success of Phase 1, Iluka received Ministerial approval in April 2021 to commence an upgrade to the operation’s processing facilities. Phase 2 is currently under construction, with commissioning scheduled for the first half of 2022.

This will involve construction and operation of new plant that will separate  mineral sands heavy mineral concentrate, which will be further processed at Iluka’s Narngulu site; and a rare earth heavy mineral product consisting mainly of monazite, which is suitable as a direct feed to a rare earths refinery.

Phase 3 - Rare Earths Refinery (Feasibility Study)
In January 2021, Iluka commenced a feasibility study for Phase 3, the development of a fully integrated rare earths refinery at Eneabba. Located at the current Eneabba mineral sands mine site, the plant would use the monazite feedstock from Eneabba Phase 2, along with other sources of rare earth mineral concentrate, as feed material.


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