Thunderbird is Go!
We’re pleased to announce that construction is officially complete at Thunderbird, and operations have started. The first ore was successfully fed through the Dry Mining Unit and processed through the Wet Concentrate Plant (WCP) last week.
Chief Executive Officer Stuart Pether said the lost time injury free completion of the construction phase and start of processing was the biggest milestone the company had achieved to date and heralded the start of 36 years of operations.
“The first feed of ore into the Dry Mining Unit and through the Wet Concentrate Plant is a cause for great celebration at Thunderbird as it marks the formal start of operations.
“A huge amount of work from many different people and organisations has been involved in getting the Project to this stage, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported and contributed to our journey to date,” he said.
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Rotainers on the Road
You may have heard us referring to the ‘rotainers’ which will be used to transport our mineral sands products from Thunderbird to Broome. But what is a rotainer?
Rotainers are 1,800mm high sealed containers with a removable lid which are used all over the world for transporting different products including mineral sands, and you’ll start to see the first of them arriving in Broome in the next few weeks. The rotainers will be stored at our laydown area on Port Drive for later transport out to Thunderbird for filling as the production stockpiles increase.
The first mineral sands products you’ll see coming into Broome will be in two tonne ‘bulka’ bags which will be transported on standard triple road trains and then stored at the laydown area for later export. This will enable our offtake partners to process industrial scale volumes of the product through their purpose-built processing plant and facilities.
Read more about the logistics process on our website.