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SNIM Open Pit Iron Ore Mining – Mauritania

Producer of

Iron ore


Northern Mauritania


State of Mauritania (88%)

Geology type

Haematite and magnetite orebodies occur in topographical ridges

Mineral type

Haematite and magnetite

Reserve base

1,100Mt proven and probable

Annual capacity

12Mt/y iron ore

Mining method

Open pit

Haematite processing

Two-stage crushing at mines, third / fourth stages plus screening at port

Magnetite processing

Grinding and magnetic upgrading at Guelb plant



Open pit

4 x 290B, 3 x 190B, 2 x 150B Bucyrus loading shovels, 3 x 2800XPA P&H shovels, 8 x 60R, 1 x 40R Bucyrus drills, 3 x L1100 LeTourneau loaders, 17 x T2200 LeTourneau trucks, Caterpillar 785 and Dart trucks, Komatsu tracked and wheeled dozers


Magnetic separators


Rail / shipping system

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