Mineral Resources (MinRes) has lamented hard border closures in Western Australia that caused labour shortages for the company and affected its ability to freight iron ore.
In its June quarter report, MinRes stated that COVID-19 outbreaks across the country resulted in the staff reductions.
This caused a shortage of road train drivers to transport its iron ore from its Yilgarn and Utah Point hubs in Western Australia.
Despite the staff shortages, shipments for the quarter reached a record 5.2 million wet metric tonnes which was 27 per cent higher than the previous quarter.
The company just missed its revised 17.4 million to 18 million wet metric tonnes of iron ore shipment target for the 2021 financial year, delivering a total of 17.3 million wet metric tonnes.
The company stated that port congestion caused three planned shipments from the Kwinana port to be delayed, resulting in the company slipping under its target range.
However, MinRes’ shipments and production for the 2021 financial year were records for the company.
MinRes produced 19.5 million wet metric tonnes of iron ore in the 2021 financial year, which was 38 per cent higher than the previous year.
Two million tonnes of crushed iron ore stockpiles remain at its sites.
The company mined 2.5 million wet metric tonnes of iron ore at its Utah Point hub and 2.1 million wet metric tonnes of iron ore at its Yilgarn Hub in the June quarter.
MinRes has continued to ramp up its Wonmunna iron ore mine at the Utah Point Hub with the commissioning of the Wonmunna fixed plant in the March quarter.
A total of 936,000 wet metric tonnes of iron ore was mined at Wonmunna in the June quarter.
MinRes improved its crushing operations at the Koolyanobbing and Carina iron ore mines in the Yilgarn Hub due to conversion to its “all-in fines” product.
The addition of a mobile crushing plant at Koolyanobbing also led to stronger crushing operations.