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Magnetite Mines gears up for iron ore sorting trial at Razorback

7 October 2020


Special Report: Magnetite Mines is doubling down on its belief that ore sorting will improve the economics of its 4 billion tonne Razorback iron ore mine in South Australia.

It has now signed an agreement with NextOre for the supply of a mobile bulk ore sorting plant using the CSIRO-developed magnetic resonance (MR) technology that promises to make it simpler to sort low-grade material from the high-grade stuff.

Magnetite Mines (ASX:MGT) will pay NextOre a non-refundable deposit of $100,000 and further staged payments of $700,000 for the supply of the plant at Razorback for sorting magnetite ore during the trial period for mine feasibility analysis.

The equipment is expected to be dispatched from the CSIRO Lucas Heights facility in 2021.

The company previously signed an agreement with NextOre that gives it the exclusive right to use the technology in Australia.

Chairman Peter Schubert says that ore sorting technology has the potential to significantly enhance the competitiveness and value of the Razorback project.

“We have been working with NextOre using advanced orebody modelling, giving us insight into the potential application of this technology,” he said.

“We are pleased to have exclusive access to this technology for application to magnetite in Australia.

“The bulk trial is the appropriate next step in a carefully planned and staged commercialisation pathway to build up our knowledge base and demonstrate its application at our Razorback high-grade iron ore project.”

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