Mineral Sands — Stages of Mining and Processing
The following provides an overview of the main stages of mineral sands mining and processing, including the manufacture of synthetic rutile, drawn from examples from Iluka’s operations.
Iluka has over 60 years of mineral sands mining, concentrating and processing experience. The company also upgrades ilmenite to a higher grade titanium dioxide containing product, synthetic rutile. While Iluka’s current mining operations are all dry mining, the company has conducted dredge mining operations in the United States and held a 51 per cent interest in the Queensland dredge mining operation, Consolidated Rutile Limited.
- Iluka possesses in-house technical experience in geology, metallurgy, resource development and process engineering, as well as the environmental sciences. Iluka combines these technical abilities, a research and development track record and significant operational experience in achieving operational outcomes across differing ore bodies and in producing products to defined specifications for a range of end market applications. Iluka’s operations also entail a commitment to high standards of environmental performance, including extensive rehabilitation of various land types, from agricultural lands to complex, natural eco-systems.
Established History in Mineral Sands
Iluka Resources was formed in 1998 by a merger of Westralian Sands and Renison Goldfields Consolidated. The historical base of the company’s operations has been in Western Australia, including the Eneabba mineral sands deposits.