Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has announced that it will bring forward a planned shut down of the port and mine processing plant for about 10 days, commencing November 17.
The shut down is said to be part of the company’s optimisation program to increase infrastructure capacity to 55 million tonnes per annum and also to refine the company’s product offering to best meet Chinese demand for “value in use” material.
According to the company, during this time mining and stockpiling will continue at full production capability.
The key objectives for the shut down, according to the company, are:
- To upgrade the wharf to commission the 2nd loading deck, enabling the ship loader to traverse the two decks to optimise load out capacity.
- To upgrade the mine processing plant to prepare for the commissioning of the de-sand plant which will beneficiate the ultra-fine portion of the run of mine fines, and
- To commission the lump circuit which will come on stream progressively over the following months.
The short term impact of the shut, according to FMG, will be for lower tonnages over the immediate term which will impact the overall performance for calendar year 2008.