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Australia iron ore supply summary

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17 September 2018

Australia iron ore supply summary

Report summary

Australia is the largest supplier of iron ore into the seaborne export market. It is dominated by three major producers; BHP Billiton, FMG and Rio Tinto who account for 87% of total ore produced. Australia's mining costs are the second lowest worldwide due to a combination of large scale operations that afford economies of scale, high grade material that requires little to no beneficiation, and owner-operated infrastructure. We are forecasting a small rise in C1 costs to US$16.70 in 2018 mainly due to higher fuel prices but these will be largely offset by ongoing productivity gains as automation on sites is extended. Total cash costs are expected to rise again due to higher royalty and freight charges. While costs will rise gradually over the next few years they will remain low with most internal cost cutting initiatives, sustainable.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Location maps
    • Attributable marketable production by company
    • Pilbara region
    • Other Western Australia
    • South Australia
    • Product Fe grade 2018
  • Reserves and resources
    • Marketable production by product type
    • Port export capacity
    • Cash costs
      • Value-in-use adjusted cost curve 2018 (CFR China, 62% Fe fines equivalent))
      • Cash costs by key company
    • Capital costs
  • Margins
    • Fiscal terms

Tables and charts

This report includes 22 images and tables including:

  • Australia iron ore producing regions
  • Raw Fe grade 2018
  • Attributable marketable reserves by company (at 01/01/2018)
  • Average operating margin (US$/tonne)
  • Key companies: Image 1
  • Seaborne export cash cost by operator 2018 (CFR China, 100% basis, unadjusted for quality)
  • Geology: Image 1
  • Geology: Image 2
  • Geology: Image 3
  • Quality: Image 2
  • Product impurities - alumina and silica 2018
  • Production: Image 1
  • Costed production by status
  • Infrastructure: Image 1
  • Infrastructure: Image 2
  • Infrastructure: Image 3
  • Infrastructure: Image 4
  • Capital costs
  • Fiscal terms: Table 1
  • Costs: Image 1
  • Costs: Image 2
  • Cash costs

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