Premier opens Cataby mine

July 03, 2019 at 11:42 AM


Iluka Resources’ Cataby mine in the Shire of Dandaragan was officially opened by Premier Mark McGowan on 21 June 2019. 

The Cataby mineral sands mine is one of three Iluka Resources’ sites which are also being established in Capel and Geraldton. 600 jobs will be created during the construction phase at Cataby and will sustain approximately 240 ongoing jobs. The three projects combined are worth approximately $270 million. 

It is expected that the average annual production from Cataby will be 200,000 tonnes of synthetic rutile (from 370,000 tonnes of ilmenite), 50,000 tonnes of zircon and 30,000 tonnes of rutile. Synthetic rutile is an upgraded ilmenite product with increased titanium dioxide content. 

Through its processing facilities at Capel, Iluka has the capacity to produce around 320,000 tonnes of synthetic rutile per annum. The company's Narngulu mineral separation plant near Geraldton processes heavy mineral concentrate from Cataby and South Australia to produce rutile and zircon. 

"These mining and processing jobs provide opportunities for regional workers and their families, and will support the local economies of Dandaragan, Capel and Geraldton over many years.” Said Premier Mark McGowan. 

Read full media release here…

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