Yandicoogina mine

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Yandicoogina mine
Yandicoogina mine is located in Australia
Yandicoogina mine
Yandicoogina mine
Location in Australia
Location Pilbara
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Coordinates 22°46′09″S 119°13′49″E / 22.769150°S 119.230400°E / -22.769150; 119.230400Coordinates: 22°46′09″S 119°13′49″E / 22.769150°S 119.230400°E / -22.769150; 119.230400
Products Iron ore
Production 52 million tonnes/annum
Opened 1998
Company Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Website Rio Tinto Iron Ore website

The Yandicoogina mine, often shortened to Yandi, is an iron ore mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 95 kilometres north-west of Newman.[1] it should not be confused with BHP Billiton's Yandi mine, which is located nearby.

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]


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 1998. The mine has an annual production capacity of 52 million tonnes of iron ore, sourced from open-pit operations. The ore is processed on site before being loaded onto rail.[8]

Ore from the mine is then transported to the coast through the Hamersley & Robe River railway, where it is loaded onto ships.[9] Ore from Yandicoogina, like Brockman, Mount Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Channar, Eastern Range and Marandoo 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.[10]

The mine's workforce is on a fly-in fly-out roster.[8] In the calendar year 2009, the mine employed 953 people, a slight decrease in comparison to 2008, when it employed 957.[11]

In September 2010, Rio Tinto began operating flights from Derby in order to bolster its workforce at its mines located in the Pilbara and especially at the Yandicoogina mine. It is part of a program to fly Aboriginal Rio Tinto employees from their communities like Meekatharra, Nullagine, Carnarvon and Broome to their workplace at the mines.[12]

From October 2015 all 22 of the ore trucks on the site, and those at the Nammuldi mine, are remotely controlled from Perth, 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) away. These are the worlds' first two mines that have moved all their iron ore "using fully remote-controlled trucks".[13]

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


  1. ^ MINEDEX website: Yandicoogina 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 Yandicoogina mine Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  9. ^ Rail Rio Tinto Iron Ore website, accessed: 6 November 2010
  10. ^ Iron fact sheet - Mining Geoscience Australia website, accessed: 7 November 2010
  11. ^ a b Western Australian Mineral and Petroleum Statistic Digest 2009 Department of Mines and Petroleum website, accessed: 8 November 2010
  12. ^ Rio Tinto begins fly-in, fly-out program to Pilbara mines ABC News, published: 7 September 2010, accessed: 7 November 2010
  13. ^ Diss, Kathryn (18 October 2015). "Driverless trucks move all iron ore at Rio Tinto's Pilbara mines, in world first". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 October 2015. The first two mines in the world to start moving all of their iron ore using fully remote-controlled trucks have just gone online in Western Australia's Pilbara.

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