03/05/2021 - 20:55

Fire at Sino Iron

03/05/2021 - 20:55

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There are no reports of injury after a fire broke out at Citic Pacific's multibillion dollar Sino Iron operation at Cape Preston on Monday afternoon.

Fire at Sino Iron
The image is allegedly of the fire at the sampling unit this afternoon. Photo: Mining Mayhem

There are no reports of injury after a fire broke out at Citic Pacific's multibillion dollar Sino Iron operation at Cape Preston on Monday afternoon.

Business News understands the fire was at an old sampling unit, not at an operational concentrator train as had been suggested elsewhere.

"Citic Pacific Mining can confirm that a fire occurred at an obsolete, non-operational sampler within the tailings thickener area this afternoon," a spokesperson said on Monday night.

"The fire has been extinguished and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety have been notified.

"There are no reports of injury and all staff are safe.

"Citic’s fire and emergency response assets attended the fire. We thank them for their swift and professional response to the incident.

"Production has ceased temporarily as a precautionary measure only.

"The cause will be investigated in cooperation with relevant authorities."

Citic Pacific Mining is part of Hang Seng stock exchange listed conglomerate Citic.

The Sino Iron operation on Cape Prestion is about 100 kilometres south west of Karratha.

The project cost more than $10 billion to build and has capacity to produce 24 million tonnes annually of magnetite.

That ore is concentrated through a more extensive process than direct shipped ore, hematite, which makes up almost the entirety of the Pilbara iron ore industry.

The project is also notable as the tenement is owned by Clive Palmer's Mineralogy.

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