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RTZ Iron Ore Mine, Hamersley Basin, Western Australia

Producer of

Iron ore


Northwest Western Australia


Rio Tinto (100%), apart from: Channar - Rio Tinto (60%), CMIEC (Channar) Pty Ltd (40%); Eastern Ranges - Rio Tinto (54%), Shaghai Baosteel Group Corp. (46%)

Geology Type

Banded iron formation

Mineral Type


Reserve Base

1,382Mt saleable iron ore (2005)

Annual Production

97.2Mt combined Hamersley Iron output (2006)

Mining Method

Open pit

Processing Method

Crushing and screening to produce lump and fine products. Wet screening and cycloning to beneficiate fines. High-intensity magnetic separation



Open Pit

Bucyrus Erie 60R rotary drills, Hitachi hydraulic shovels, Terex O&K hydraulic shovels, Terex haul trucks, Komatsu haul trucks


Jones DP317 separators, Wemco HM drums

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