ResourceHeavy mineral sands (HM)
CompanyMurray Zircon Pty Ltd
StatusCare and maintenance
Mining operation
  • Open pit mining techniques
  • Extracted sand is mixed with water to form slurry in the slurry unit located in the mine pit or adjacent to the mine pit
  • Slurry is pumped to the Primary Concentrator Plant (PCP) where it is processed to form Heavy Mineral Concentrate (HMC)
  • HMC is transported by truck and/or rail to Port Adelaide for export.
Locationmindarie_blueApproximately 150 km east of Adelaide in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia
Tenement information

The Mindarie Mineral Sands Project comprises eight mineral sands strandlines located in nine separate mineral leases and two exploration leases.

More information about the tenements can be obtained from South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

The depositLocated in the lower south western corner of the Murray Basin the heavily mineralised Loxton-Parilla sands are often exposed at surface or thinly covered by low dunes interpreted to be of Woorinen Formation or isolated Lowan Sand dunes.
Resource estimates and production estimatesCompany released resource estimates and production statistics for South Australia's major operating and approved mines are summarised in South Australia's major operating/approved mines: resources estimates and production statistics (PDF, updated regularly).
Approval process
  • Construction of the Mindarie zircon mine was completed in December 2007
  • Production commenced late 2007
  • Mining was stood down from early October 2009
  • A joint venture between Guangdong Orient Zirconic Science and Technology Industry Co Ltd and Australian Zircon NL, known as Murray Zircon Pty Ltd was established in 2011
Current documents and reports

Program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)

Mining compliance reports