Our Operation - Sino Iron

Sino Iron operates out of Cape Preston, 100 kilometres south west of Karratha in Western Australia's resource-rich Pilbara region. It’s the largest magnetite mining and processing operation in Australia, where a high grade, premium iron ore concentrate is produced for export.

It's a fully integrated mining, processing and export operation. Using traditional open pit mining techniques, we excavate the ore and put it through a series of crushers and mills, water is added to create a slurry, along the way removing the valuable concentrate through magnetic separation - a process known as 'benefication'.

The final high grade concentrate is sent to port via a 30km pipeline where it's dewatered, prepared for shipping and loaded onto either barges or the Transhipment Shuttle Self-unloading Vessel (TSV), which then load the product onto arger, ocean-going vessels offshore.

Sino Iron has 3,000 direct employees and contractors. In 2017, an analysis by Deloitte Access Economics found the total export earnings of Sino Iron would exceed $100 billion over the life of the project, with a further $51 billion spent in WA on procurement of goods and services. It also showed that the WA Government would receive more than $5 billion in royalties over the same period.

Facts & Figures

  • We're the largest magnetite mining and processing operation in Australia
  • Since 2013 we've been shipping premium concentrate to CITIC's special steel plants as well as other steel producers in Asia.
  • Sino Iron has a mine life of over 25 years.
  • Magnetite concentrate from Sino Iron is of a high quality with low alumina and phosphorus content.
  • At peak construction 4,000 people were employed building the project. These days there are about 3,000 direct employees and contractors. More than 95 per cent of the direct workforce are Australian residents.



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