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:: Murray Basin Mineral Separation Plant Practical Completion
Iluka Resources Limited today advised that it has issued a certificate of practical completion to Roche Mining Pty Ltd for the company’s Murray Basin Mineral Separation Plant (MSP), located at Hamilton, Victoria.
Following the completion of all major on-site construction and equipment installation work, as well as testing of all circuitry, Iluka now has its operational personnel managing the site. A joint Iluka/Roche Mining team will continue with final commissioning and plant ramp up activities.
The MSP uses wet gravity, dry magnetic and electrostatic processes to separate the final saleable products of rutile and zircon and has a processing capacity of 55 tonnes per hour. Commercial production at the MSP is planned to commence in February 2007, with production ramped up over the course of the first half of 2007. The MSP will take heavy mineral concentrate currently being produced and stockpiled at the Douglas mine, and has been configured to accommodate production from both Douglas and a second Murray Basin concentrator. Dependent on ramp up progress, Iluka expects to produce approximately 110,000 tonnes of zircon and 70,000 tonnes of rutile during 2007.
Iluka’s Murray Basin minerals sands project includes contracted mining activities at Douglas, a mining unit plant (MUP), a wet concentrator plant (WCP), the MSP and storage and ship loading facilities at the Port of Portland.
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