Iron ore truck haulage campaign and rail recovery completed

Community > 8th February, 2022

SIMEC Mining has completed its iron ore trucking campaign and repairs to rail operations from the Middleback Ranges.

The temporary campaign was necessary due to recent heavy rains and flooding that affected many parts of South Australia and damaged key road and rail infrastructure.

While there were no reported injuries during the storms, significant stretches of our rail network were inaccessible or damaged and some pits flooded. However, ore processing at Iron Knob and Iron Duke as well as the Pelletising Plant remained operational during the recovery.

Jacqui Higgins, Executive General Manager Iron Ore, said the recovery process was safely managed and rail operations were restored within seven days without incident.

“It was through the collaborative efforts of our employees and our strategic contractors that we were able to recommence rail operations so quickly and conclude the trucking campaign four days early,” she said.

“I want to thank the Whyalla community for their patience during this time and for being extra careful on our roads during the period of increased traffic.”

The campaign, which trucked at least 14,000 tonnes of ore, was necessary to maintain ore supply to the steelworks while repairs were being completed.

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