Channar, part of Rio Tinto's Hamersley group of operations, is located approximately 20 kilometres east of Paraburdoo, and forms a part of Rio Tinto's Greater Paraburdoo Operations. It is a medium sized mine producing up to 11Mtpa. The mine is a 60:40 joint venture between Rio Tinto and China's Sinosteel that was established into in 1987. The joint venture agreement was extended in 2010, 2016 and 2017. The latest extension will allow production to continue until 2021.