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, and non-magnetic material (HMC with ilmenite removed) from Cataby. 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  110 - 120 thousand tonnes. The SR1 kiln is currently idle but there is a project focussed on the restarting of the kiln is underway. Adjacent to SR1 is the SR2 kiln, which is currently operating with an annual production capacity of 200 - 220 thousand tonnes. The synthetic rutile process upgrades chloride ilmenite to a synthetic rutile product with a titanium dioxide content of 85-95 per cent.
 
The Cataby mine, located ~150km north of Perth, commenced production in Q2 2019. Cataby  mine is a large chloride ilmenite deposit, with associated zircon and rutile. The mine produces two streams; magnetic material (concentrate with contained ilmenite) and non-magnetic material (concentrate with zircon and rutile). The magnetic material is trucked to Capel for beneficiation to Iluka's synthetic rutile product, while the non-magnetic material is trucked to Narngulu for processing. 

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