West Balranald is a rutile-rich deposit in the northern Murray Basin, New South Wales. Owing to its relative depth (~60 metres underground), Iluka is assessing the potential to develop the deposit via a novel, internally developed, underground mining technology. Potential benefits of this approach are expected to include lower capital-intensive development, phased production expansion and lower environmental impacts.

Iluka completed the third trial (T3) of the underground mining method in late 2020. The trial confirmed the effectiveness of the underground mining method and validated key elements of the mining unit design. The project Definitive Feasibility Study is currently in progress.

Further information can be found on our Engagement Hub.

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