The Keysbrook project will soon commence continuous mining operations, producing zircon and leucoxene mineral sands products.
Junior miner and owner MZI Resources announced today that mining would start next week at the Keysbrook project, located 70km south of Perth.
First concentrate production from the wet concentrator plant will begin during November, and the first product shipment is anticipated to go before the end of 2015.
MZI managing director Trevor Matthews said the company was on the verge of becoming Western Australia’s first, and the world’s biggest producer of leucoxene.
“Keysbrook’s low forecast operating costs and high value product mix also promise to make MZI one of the highest margin suppliers of premium mineral sands products to the global market,” he said.
Leucoxene the name given to fine, granular alteration product of titanium minerals, with a titanium content ranging from 70 per cent to 93 per cent.
Although not a recognised species of mineral, leucoxene is formed through extensive weathering of ilmenite, which removes iron and increases titanium content of individual grains.
Leucoxene is used in the manufacture of welding electrodes as a flux agent, or as feedstock for pigmentation plants.