Pellet Plant maintenance begins

Pellet Plant maintenance begins

SIMEC Mining is undertaking maintenance of its Pelletising plant from this weekend.

Aimed at improving the performance and reliability of the plant, the work will commence at 12pm on Saturday, March 6 and is expected to take about 24 days to complete.

The works, which involve approximately 300 contractors and employees,will allow maintenance to be undertaken in areas normally inaccessible due to heat.

This is part of ongoing investment in magnetite ore processing, delivering improved plant reliability, efficiency and production performance, with several associated environmental benefits including reduction in dust within the plant.

While the work will significantly improve the performance of the plant over the longer term, the shutdown may also result in:

  • Short term increased emissions from the Pelletising plant when it first shuts down and again on restart - close controls are being put in place for this and it will be carefully managed
  • The potential for an increase in noise from mobile equipment, including at night
  • Additional traffic and vehicle parking in the McBryde Terrace area due to additional number of workers involved in the shutdown

As always, SIMEC Mining is committed to working with residents to minimise impacts on the community from its operations and appreciates feedback in these areas to assist in its continual improvement.

SIMEC Mining is also pleased to report that the major repair to its Inner Harbour rail unloading facility was completed in February 2021, as a result decreasing the amount of iron ore exported from the Outer Harbour facility which is closer to the community.

If any residents would like any further information, or have any feedback or concerns regarding any aspects of SIMEC's operations, please contact Community and Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, Denise Sharp, on 0447 039 358 or 8640 4418.