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The following are the ten largest iron ore mines by production across the world in 2022, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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1. Serra Norte Mining Complex

The Serra Norte Mining Complex is a surface mine situated in Para, Brazil. Owned by Vale, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 113.39 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2038. Buy the profile here.

2. Carajas Serra Sul S11D Project

Located in Para, Brazil, the Carajas Serra Sul S11D Project is owned by Vale. The surface mine produced an estimated 76.45 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2062. Buy the profile here.

3. Mt Newman Joint Venture

The Mt Newman Joint Venture is a surface mine located in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by BHP, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 67.11 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2036. Buy the profile here.

4. Area C Mine

Owned by BHP, the Area C Mine is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 61.4 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The expected mine closure date is 2067. Buy the profile here.

5. Jimblebar Hub

The Jimblebar Hub is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by BHP, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 58.78 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine is expected to operate until 2060. Buy the profile here.

6. Yandicoogina Mine

The Yandicoogina Mine is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Rio Tinto, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 58.19 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2039. Buy the profile here.

7. Brockman 4 Mine

Located in Western Australia, Australia, the Brockman 4 Mine is owned by Rio Tinto. The surface mine produced an estimated 53.47 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2027. Buy the profile here.

8. Kings Valley Mine

The Kings Valley Mine is a surface mine located in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Fortescue Metals Group, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 50.1 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. Buy the profile here.

9. South Flank Project

Owned by BHP, the South Flank Project is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 49.7 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The expected mine closure date is 2045. Buy the profile here.

10. Hope Downs Mine

The Hope Downs Mine is a surface mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by Hancock Prospecting Pty, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 46.64 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine is expected to operate until 2031. Buy the profile here.

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