MZI Resources is set to begin operations at its Keysbrook project, 70km south of Perth in Western Australia.
The project is expected to have a production capacity of more than 95,000t of leucoxene and zircon products annually.
According to the company, work will begin almost one month ahead of the planned schedule, with the project remaining on budget and 92.5% complete last month.
MZI is making final preparations to begin continuous mining operations at the project in the week starting 19 October.
MZI Resources expects the starting of ore feed to the wet concentrator plant at Keysbrook to take place shortly. This will enable production of first leucoxence and zircon concentrate at Doral’s Picton processing facility to begin during November.
At present, the company is holding discussions with customers about potential options to dispatch its first product shipment before the end of this year.
MZI Resources managing director Trevor Matthews said: "These are extremely exciting times, with MZI on the cusp of becoming the world’s biggest, and WA’s first, primary producer of leucoxene, as well as a substantial producer of zircon.
"Keysbrook’s low forecast operating costs and high-value product mix also promise to make MZI one of the highest margin suppliers of premium mineral sands products to the global market."
Leucoxene comprises mainly of rutile or anatase, and is a fine granular alteration product of titanium minerals and varies in colour from yellow to brown.
Zircon is a mineral belonging to the group of nesosilicates and its natural colour varies between colourless, yellow-golden, red, brown, blue, and green.
Image: Keysbrook Wet Concentrator Plant (WCP). Photo: courtesy of MZI Resources Ltd.