The Chichester Hub in the Chichester Ranges, comprising the Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines, has an annual production capacity of 100mtpa from three Ore Processing Facilities (OPF).
Consistent and sustained output delivered from the OPFs has allowed Fortescue to continue optimisation of our product strategy through enhanced blending and beneficiation, increasing iron upgrades and reducing impurities. This has resulted in lower mining cutoff grades, further optimising ore bodies and sustainably reducing strip ratios.
During FY17, Fortescue’s Integrated Operations Centre in Perth expanded to include Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak’s mine control, as well as Christmas Creek’s mine planning. The remote operation utilises the latest in technology and ensures improved safety, reliability and efficiency of the operation.
Building on the success of autonomous haulage technology (AHS) at the Solomon Hub, the implementation plan for the rollout of AHS at the Chichester Hub from FY18 is underway. We are also investing in an innovative relocatable conveyor trial at the Cloudbreak mine.