Fortescue to Take Over Processing at Christmas Creek

Fortescue Metals, the steelmaking giant, has announced it will take over supervision and management of operations at the Christmas Creek mine. The mine was being run by Crushing Services International but amid safety concerns control is being passed over. In August, a contract worker was killed at the site.

Crushing Services International and Mineral Resources Limited are cooperating fully with Fortescue in order to make sure the ore processing facilities operate safely and free from hazards.

Operations will be ramped down while management is switched over. All of the CSI employees will be retained. Fortescue officials said that targets for the full year should not be affected despite the planned ramp-down.

According to The Australian, mining started in May 2009 at Christmas Creek and operations have greatly expanded since then. Two ore processing plants have been commissioned and built, one in 2011 and one in 2012. These plants have a total capacity of over 50 million tons of ore every year.

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