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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Australasia: Dec.8, 2009


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:: Matilda Zircon Commissions New Slurry Separation Unit

High grade mineral sands developer Matilda Zircon has commissioned a new slurry separation unit to facilitate the doubling of processing capacity to 300 tonnes per hour at its advanced Tiwi Islands Zircon Project.

Matilda Zircon Chairman Mal Randall said the new $500K unit would boost processing plant capacity at the high-value zircon project, at the same time reducing the unit cost of production.

"Tiwi Island is our most advanced project and this investment demonstrates our commitment to restarting production in the near term," Randall said.

"We plan to start-up again in the first half of 2010 after the coming wet season, with production for the calendar year planned at 45,200 of concentrate.

"The Tiwi Island Project has historically produced 46,000 tonnes of high-value zircon concentrate containing 48% zircon and 29% rutile, for export into the Chinese market.




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