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Christmas Creek Iron Ore Mine


East Pilbara region, Western Australia

Owner and Operator

Fortescue Metals Group


A$360m ($330m)


Iron ore

Reserve Base

Total estimated reserves: 997Mt, proven: 3.4Mt


Phase one expansion: November 2009, phase two expansion: June 2011


Phase one expansion: April 2011, phase two expansion: September 2012

Financed By

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG)

Mining Method

Open pit


Current: 55Mtpa (Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek combined); Phase II: 93Mtpa


March 2011 (phase I); Third quarter of 2012 (phase II)

Mining Services

Downwer EDI

Temporary camp design, engineering and installation

Decmil Australia

GPS guidance system


Communication system

TETRA and Sepura

Phase II EPC

China Gezhouba Group

Phase II Ore-Processing facility

Mineral Resources

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