Sino Iron Project Major Milestones

2006

  • March – Initial mining rights acquired
  • May – CITIC Pacific Mining formed
  • June – Foreign Investment Review Board approval

2007

  • January – Signed EPC contract for the main processing area
  • August – Acquired Mardie Station
  • November – First deliveries of mining fleet to site

2008

  • August – Construction team mobilised

2009

  • Port construction begins
  • Causeway constructed

2010

  • March – First ball mill lifted onto foundation
  • May – First AG mill lifted onto foundation

2011

  • January – Launch of CITIC Pacific’s first 115,000 tonne vessel
  • May – First gas turbine commissioned
  • September – Barges and transhipper arrive at the port

2012

  • February – Power station supplies electricity
  • September – Desalination plant produces water

2013

  • July – Line 1 continuous production of concentrate
  • September – Line 2 load commissioning begins
  • December – First shipment of magnetite concentrate

2014

  • July – Construction begins on lines 3-6, first million tonne milestone

2015

  • March – First CITIC purpose-built mini-cape vessel transports concentrate to China
  • October – Line 3 load commissioning begins
  • November – Line 4 load commissioning begins

2016

  • Installation completion and commissioning of lines 5 and 6

2017

  • Mining Control Room implemented and MineStar Fleet Management system implemented
  • July - Cape Preston (Sino Iron) Aerodrome Official Opening

2018

  • July - 100,000 tonnes in 24-hour period for the first time
  • October - 50 millionth tonne of concentrate

2019

  • April - New reclaimed record of 97,000 tonnes in 24 hours. Completed the construction of crew boat Ardea in Fremantle.
  • May - Shipped 60 millionth tonne
  • October - Ninety employees celebrate 10 years or longer at Sino Iron

2020

  • July - Introduce of company-based apprenticeship scheme to grow workforce capability
  • September - Launch of Sino Iron's site-wide container recycling program, reducing plastic landfill and supporting local community groups

2021

  • April - Shipped 100 millionth tonne of magnetite concentrate since start of production
  • December - Third consecutive year of 20 million tonnes shipped - consolidates Sino Iron's status as world's biggest seaborn supplier of concentrate to China.

2022

  • September - Successful five-year water survey drydocking of transhipper Magdragon 2
  • November - 81 employees achieve their 10 year anniversary with Sino Iron
  • December - Record 21 million tonnes shipped for the calendar year