Thursday, 17 January 2013 15:19
Iluka Resources is ceasing production at its Eneabba mineral sands and zircon mine in the Mid West region of Western Australia, with around 65 jobs to be lost.
The company cited lower prices for its products and diminishing ore grades for closing the mine which was restarted in November 2011 after being in care and maintenance for the previous two years.
“With recent challenging economic conditions globally, demand for these products has reduced,” Iluka general manager of Australian operations Steve Wickham said.
“As a mature ore body, Eneabba is more exposed to these prevailing market conditions.
“Iluka’s Eneabba operations have made a long and valuable contribution to the company and the state of Western Australia. We regret needing to make this decision and understand the impact it will have on local and regional communities.
“We will be working with the surrounding community through the transition to ensure impact is minimised where possible."
Mr Wickham said the company will be working closely to help reduce the impact on workers and contractors with the possibility of redeployment to other operations if possible.
Iluka said the idling of Eneabba is part of a “cyclical low” for mineral sands product demand and the company has high inventory levels capable of meeting demand and did not rule restoring production settings should the need arise.
Iluka will continue mineral processing operations at Narngulu near Geraldton which processes heavy mineral concentrate from the company’s Jacinth-Ambrosia operation in South Australia.
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