SHOWCASE IRON ORE MINE OF THE WEEK – HOPE DOWNS!!
The Hope Downs 4 mine is an iron ore mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 100 kilometres northwest of Newman. The mine is partly owned and operated by Rio Tinto Iron Ore and is one of twelve iron ore mines the company operates in the Pilbara. In the calendar year 2009, the combined Pilbara operations produced 202 million tonnes of iron ore, a 15 percent increase from 2008. The Pilbara operations accounted for almost 13 percent of the world's 2009 iron ore production of 1.59 billion tonnes. The Hamersley Range, where the mine is located, contains 80 percent of all identified iron ore reserves in Australia and is one of the world's major iron ore provinces. The project leases are estimated to have 1,450 million tonnes of mineable ore and the mines to have an expected life of more than 30 years - "Mining.com", Wikipedia
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