Rio Tinto Starts Mesa A Iron Mining

21 February 2010 (Last Updated February 21st, 2010 18:30)

Rio Tinto has started producing iron ore from the Mesa A/Warramboo mine located 50km west of Pannawonica in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The $901m open-cut iron ore mine will have an initial production of 20 million tons per annum, increasing to 25 million tons by 2011.

Rio Tinto has started producing iron ore from the Mesa A/Warramboo mine located 50km west of Pannawonica in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The $901m open-cut iron ore mine will have an initial production of 20 million tons per annum, increasing to 25 million tons by 2011.

Total high-grade reserves across the Mesa A/Warramboo deposits are estimated at 249 million tons, with a total mine life of 11 years.

The mine will sustain production of the sought-after Robe Valley pisolite ore at 32 million tons per annum as production from the Mesa J deposit decreases.