The bulk of our iron ore production comes from Sishen mine, located in the Northern Cape province near the mining town of Kathu. Producing since 1953, Sishen mine is our flagship operation and one of the largest open-pit mines in the world.
Sishen mine has sufficient reserves to sustain a 19-year LoM. Most of the iron ore mined here was exported, with about 3.9Mt of its production being supplied to ArcelorMittal SA in 2013. All mining is done by opencast methods with ore transported to the beneficiation plant where it is crushed, screened and beneficiated. We are the only haematite ore producer in the world to fully beneficiate its product, made possible through DMS and jig technology.
The jig plant at Sishen mine is the largest of its type in the world. Iron ore products, conforming to different chemical and physical specifications, are produced at this mine.
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