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McArthur River Mine


Near Borroloola, Northern Territory, Australia


Xstrata plc (100%)


Stratiform ore deposit in Middle Proterozoic host rocks

Mineral types

Pyrite, galena, sphalerite


100Mt open-pittable resources (2005)

Annual production

1.68Mt ore; 154,000t zinc-in-concentrates (2005)

Mining method

Room-and-pillar and bench mining

Recovery method

SAG milling and flotation with regrinding


283 employees, 50 contractors

Key equipment

u/g crusher-conveyor system, SAG mill, regrind mills

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