Sino Iron Project

Sino Iron is located at Cape Preston, about 100km south west of Karratha in Western Australia’s resource-rich Pilbara region, where a high grade, premium iron ore concentrate is produced for export. This is Australia’s largest magnetite mining and processing operation.

It’s a fully integrated mining, processing and export operation. Using traditional open pit mining techniques, we excavate the ore and put it through the in-pit gyratory crushers to start the process of grinding and crushing the coarse material. After going 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 ‘beneficiation’.

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). The barges are then towed offshore by tugs where a transhipper loads the product onto larger, ocean-going vessels.

Facts & Figures

  • We’re the largest magnetite mining and processing operation in Australia.

  • Since 2013, we’ve been shipping premium magnetite concentrate to CITIC’s special steel plants as well as other steel producers in China.

  • 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 3000 direct employees and contractors. More than 95 per cent of the direct workforce are Australian residents.

  • Australia and China will enjoy mutual wide-ranging socio-economic benefits from the project in the coming decades.



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