Paraburdoo mine

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Paraburdoo mine
Paraburdoo mine 1.jpg
The Paraburdoo mine in October 2011.
Location
Paraburdoo mine is located in Australia
Paraburdoo mine
Paraburdoo mine
Location in Australia
Location Pilbara
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Coordinates 23°13′36″S 117°36′30″E / 23.226780°S 117.608200°E / -23.226780; 117.608200Coordinates: 23°13′36″S 117°36′30″E / 23.226780°S 117.608200°E / -23.226780; 117.608200
Production
Products Iron ore
Production 20 million tonnes/annum
History
Opened 1972
Owner
Company Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Website Rio Tinto Iron Ore website

The Paraburdoo mine is an iron ore mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, near Paraburdoo.[1]

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.[2][3] In the calendar year 2009, the combined Pilbara operations produced 202 million tonnes of iron ore, a 15 percent increase from 2008.[4] The Pilbara operations accounted for almost 13 percent of the world's 2009 iron ore production of 1.59 billion tonnes.[5][6]

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.[7]

Overview[edit]

Iron ore mines in the Pilbara region.

Rio Tinto's iron ore operations in the Pilbara began in 1966.[2] The mine itself began operations in 1972. The combined production capacity of the Paraburdoo, Eastern Range and Channar mines is 20 million tonnes of iron ore. The ore is processed on site before being loaded onto rail.[8] Ore from Paraburdoo, like Brockman, Mount Tom Price, Channar, Eastern Range, Marandoo and Yandicoogina are 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 rescreened. The maximum size for the lumps is 31.5 mm, while the fines are at a maximum of 6.3 mm.[9]

Ore from the mine is then transported to the coast through the Hamersley & Robe River railway, where it is loaded onto ships.[10]

The mine's workforce lives residential in Paraburdoo.[8] In the calendar year 2009, the combined operations of Paraburdoo, Channar and Eastern Range employed 1,081 people, a decrease in comparison to 2008, when it employed 1,324.[11]

The mine is owned by Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto, which owns six mines in the Pilbara, including Paraburdoo, and partly owns two more mines in the region.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MINEDEX website: Paraburdoo search result accessed: 6 November 2010
  2. ^ a b Pilbara Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  3. ^ Mining Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  4. ^ Preparing for the future Rio Tinto presentation, published: 23 March 2010, accessed: 7 November 2010
  5. ^ Global iron-ore production falls 6,2% in 2009 - Unctad report miningweekly.com, published: 30 July 2010, accessed: 7 November 2010
  6. ^ Production of iron ore fell in 2009, but shipments continued to increase, report says UNCTAD website, published: 30 July 2010, accessed: 7 November 2010
  7. ^ Iron fact sheet - Australian Resources and Deposits Geoscience Australia website, accessed: 7 November 2010
  8. ^ a b Paraburdoo mine Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  9. ^ Iron fact sheet - Mining Geoscience Australia website, accessed: 7 November 2010
  10. ^ Rail Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  11. ^ a b Western Australian Mineral and Petroleum Statistic Digest 2009 Department of Mines and Petroleum website, accessed: 8 November 2010

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