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Mount Whaleback Information

  • General 2015-08-19
    The Mount Whaleback open cut mine, in the iron ore rich Pilbara Region of Western Australia, six kilometres west of the mining town of Newman, was established in 1968. It is now the largest single pit iron ore mine in the world stretching more than five kilometres in length, 1.5 kilometres in width and nearing a depth of half a kilometre. It has a number of smaller deposits in its immediate vicinity that include orebodies 29, 30 and 35, as well as smaller satellite mines such as the Wheelarra and orebodies 18, 23, 24 and 25. Further to the north west are the Area C and Yandi iron ore mines. Another mine is the Yarrie that is located 200 kilometres from Port Hedland.
  • Nearby deposits 2015-08-19
    Adjacent to Mt Whaleback are smaller deposits and satellite mines including ore body 29. The Yandi and Area C mines are about 100km north-west of Newman and the Yarrie mine is 200km east of Port Hedland on the WA coast. Ore from the Mount Whaleback and the other Newman mines, as well as the nearby Yandi mine is transported to the port at Nelson Point, Port Hedland, while ore from Area C and Yarrie goes to Finucane Island.
  • Mining History 2015-08-19
    Mt Whaleback majority owner BHP Billiton began its mining activities in the Pilbara that same year, however United States company Bechtel Pacific originally developed the mine. The Mt Whaleback deposit was discovered in 1957 by Stan Hilditch but not publicised until 1960 when the Australian Government lifted the embargo on iron ore exports it had put in place because of concerns the mineral was in short supply. The first shipment of iron ore left Port Hedland in April 1969 bound for Japan's steel mills.

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    The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on Monday recommended that mining giant BHP Billiton be allowed to develop and operate a new openpit mine some 10 km from Newman. The project, currently dubbed Orebody 32 Above Water Table, would include conventional openpit operations above the water table and infrastructure, including storage areas and a haul road.

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