Brockman 2 mine

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Brockman 2 mine
Brockman 2 mine is located in Australia
Brockman 2 mine
Brockman 2 mine
Location in Australia
Location Pilbara
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Coordinates 22°25′38″S 117°20′29″E / 22.427290°S 117.341301°E / -22.427290; 117.341301Coordinates: 22°25′38″S 117°20′29″E / 22.427290°S 117.341301°E / -22.427290; 117.341301
Products Iron ore
Production 8.7 million tonnes/annum
Opened 1992
Company Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Website Rio Tinto Iron Ore website

The Brockman 2 mine is an iron ore mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 60 kilometres north-west of Tom Price.[1] It should not be confused with Rio Tinto's Brockman 4 mine, also in the area.[2]

The mine is fully owned and operated by Rio Tinto Iron Ore and is one of twelve iron ore mines the company operates in the Pilbara.[3][4] In the calendar year 2009, the combined Pilbara operations produced 202 million tonnes of iron ore, a 15 percent increase from 2008.[5] The Pilbara operations accounted for almost 13 percent of the world's 2009 iron ore production of 1.59 billion tonnes.[6][7]

The Hamersley Range, where the mine is located, contains 80 percent of all identified iron ore reserves in Australia and is one of the world's major iron ore provinces.[8]

The mine is serviced by the Brockman Airport.


Iron ore mines in the Pilbara region.

Rio Tinto iron ore operations in the Pilbara began in 1966.[3] The mine itself began operations in 1992. The mine has an annual production capacity of 8.7 million tonnes of iron ore, sourced from open-pit operations. The ore is processed on site before being loaded onto rail.[9] Ore from the mine is then transported to the coast through the Hamersley & Robe River railway, where it is loaded onto ships.[10] Ore from Brockman, like that from Mount Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Channar, Eastern Range, Marandoo and Yandicoogina, is transported as lump and fines ore product from the mines to Dampier via rail. Before being loaded onto ships for export, the product is blended and re-screened. The maximum size for the lumps is 31.5 mm, while the fines are at a maximum of 6.3 mm.[11]

The mine's workforce is on a fly-in fly-out roster.[9] In the calendar year 2009, the mine employed 539 people, an increase in comparison to 2008, when it only employed 445.[12]

The mine is located near the Nammuldi mine, also operated by Rio Tinto.[3]

Like the Channar mine, Brockman 2 was closed for a time in late 2008 during the global financial crisis,[13] with the operation mothballed.[14] The temporary closure, which halted its then monthly production of 1.6 million tonnes, came alongside selected production reductions at Rio Tinto's other Pilbara operations.[15]

The mine is owned by Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto, which owns six mines in the Pilbara, including Brockman, as well as partly owning two others in the region.[12]

On 16 August 2011, an employee was killed at the mine, being crushed by a hydraulic cylinder of a front-end loader, causing operations to be stopped for a number of days. It was the second fatality in less than three month in Rio Tinto's Pilbara operations, after having been fatality-free since August 2003.[16][17]

Brockman 4[edit]

Main article: Brockman 4 mine

Rio Tinto's new Brockman 4 project is located close to the current Brockman 2 mine. It is a separate mine to the current one and scheduled to open in 2010. The mine, at a cost of US$1.520 billion, is initially scheduled to produce 22 million tonnes annually,[2] with a later doubling of capacity to achieve Rio Tinto's plan of raising iron ore production from the Pilbara from 220 million tonnes annually to 330 million.[18]


  1. ^ MINEDEX website: Brockman 2 search result Archived September 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. accessed: 6 November 2010
  2. ^ a b Expansion Projects Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 7 November 2010
  3. ^ a b c Pilbara Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  4. ^ Mining Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  5. ^ Preparing for the future Rio Tinto presentation, published: 23 March 2010, accessed: 7 November 2010
  6. ^ Global iron-ore production falls 6,2% in 2009 - Unctad report, published: 30 July 2010, accessed: 7 November 2010
  7. ^ Production of iron ore fell in 2009, but shipments continued to increase, report says UNCTAD website, published: 30 July 2010, accessed: 7 November 2010
  8. ^ Iron fact sheet - Australian Resources and Deposits Geoscience Australia website, accessed: 7 November 2010
  9. ^ a b Brockman mine Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  10. ^ Rail Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  11. ^ Iron fact sheet - Mining Geoscience Australia website, accessed: 7 November 2010
  12. ^ a b Western Australian Mineral and Petroleum Statistic Digest 2009 Department of Mines and Petroleum website, accessed: 8 November 2010
  13. ^ Sinosteel losses shut Rio mine The Sydney Morning Herald, published: 12 December 2008, accessed: 7 November 2010
  14. ^ Australian miners cut iron output as China slows The Australian, published: 11 November 2008, accessed: 7 November 2010
  15. ^ Rio Tinto output cut shows depth of financial crisis The Australian, published: 11 November 2008, accessed: 11 November 2010
  16. ^ Fatal Accident Report 16/08/2011 WA mining fatalities database, accessed: 25 August 2011
  17. ^ Rio Tinto halts mine work after Pilbara death The Australian, published: 17 August 2011, accessed: 25 August 2011
  18. ^ Rio to double capacity at $US1.5bn Brockman mine, says Walsh The Australian, published: 2 September 2010, accessed: 7 November 2010

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