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Resource Heavy minerals

Iluka Resources Ltd

Status Operating
Mining operation
  • Sands containing heavy minerals are mined using dry-mining techniques
  • The sand is excavated using a dozer and pushed into a mining upgrade plant (MUP)
  • Ore is then pumped to the west concentrator plan (WCP), producing heavy mineral concentrate
  • Jacinth-Ambrosia virtual mine tour
Locationjacinth_ambrosia_blueIn the Eucla Basin, approximately 200 km northwest of Ceduna and 45 km south of the Transcontinental Railway        
Tenement information
  • Mineral lease ML 6315
  • Extractive mineral lease EML 6316
  • Miscellaneous purpose licences MPL 110 and MPL 111

More information about the tenements is available via the oSouth Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

The deposit

Zircon-rich mineral sands deposits in the Eucla Basin.

Since discovery of the Jacinth and Ambrosia projects six more significant discoveries have been made in the region:

  • Tripitaka
  • Gullivers
  • Atacama
  • Sonoran
  • Typhoon
  • Dromedary
Resource estimates and production estimates

Company 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 (updated regularly).

Approval process
  • The mining and rehabilitation program submitted in 2016 has been approved.
  • Iluka and the Far West Coast Native Title Claim Group signed an agreement in December 2007 to allow mining to proceed.
Documents and reports 

Program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)

Mining compliance report

Research and monitoring summary 

For more information, contact:

For inquiries relating to this mining operation please contact: Mining Regulation
Mineral Resources
Dept for Energy & Mining
Phone: 8429 2583