Australia

Greater Tom Price Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeOpen Pit
StatusActive
Commodities
  • Iron Ore
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
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SnapshotTom Price mine is a part of Hamersley Iron operation and belongs to Australian Pilbara Operations.
Related AssetHamersley Iron Operation

Owners

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CompanyInterestOwnership
Rio Tinto plc 100 % Indirect
Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd. (operator) 100 % Direct
Greater Tom Price mine is 100% owned by Hamersley Iron Pty Limited, subsidiary of Rio Tinto Plc.

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Deposit type

  • Banded iron formation

Summary:

Mineralisation at Tom Price is haematite/goethite hosted within the banded iron formations of the Brockman Formation. Detrital deposits also occur at these sites.

The BIF is a member of the ~620 m thick Brockman Iron Formation which makes up part of the 2.63 2.45 Ga Hamersley Group. The Hamersley Group comprises almost 2.5 km of consecutive sedimentary and volcanic rocks located within the ca. 80,000 km2 Hamersley Province of the Pilbara craton in North West Australia, approximately 1100 km north of Perth. In the lower part, it consists of dolomite, shale and BIF, while the upper part consists of dolerite, various lava types and BIF with minor amounts of tuffs and shales. Underlying the Hamersley Group, is the 2.78–2.63 Ga Fortescue Group, which consists of flood basalts and rhyolites. These volcanics were laid down on the uplifted and eroded Pilbara block. This volcanic succession may contain remnants of a Large Igneous Province (LIP).

The Brockman Iron Formation of the Hamersley Group is divided into four sub-lithostratigraphic units, namely the lowermost Dales Gorge Member (BIF), the Whaleback Shale Member, the Joffre Member (BIF), and the uppermost Yandicoogina Shale Member. After deposition, these laterally extensive BIF have all experienced minor folding and basinal uplift along with low-grade regional metamorphism – from burial prehnite–pumpellyite facies to greenschist facies.

General consensus exists regarding the depositional model of the Brockman Iron Formation. According to this model, the succession was deposited on a large, stable, and clastic-starved, continental platform, which was influenced by episodic inputs of fine-grained tuffaceous detritus.

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Production

Combined production numbers are reported under Hamersley Iron Operation

Operational metrics

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Production Costs

Commodity production costs have not been reported.

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