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Simandou (Rio Tinto) iron ore mine

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Report summary

The Simandou deposit is one of the largest undeveloped high grade deposits in the world. If brought online it would be one of the lowest operating cost mines supplying the seaborne market. Weclassify the project as possible and there are significant challenges to developing it, most notably financing the expected US$16 billion of required capex. For the purposes of this analysis we have assumed production commences in 2025 and ramps up over 6 years to 100Mtpa.This analysis covers blocks 3 and 4 of the Simandou deposit.

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Table of contents

  • Key facts
    • Summary
    • Key issues
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Geology
  • Reserves and resources
    • Production
  • Operations
  • Infrastructure
  • Costs
  • Sales contracts
  • Economic assumptions

Tables and charts

This report includes 13 images and tables including:


  • Detail Map
  • Cash costs
  • Production: Image 1


  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Participation
  • Marketable reserves (at 01/01/2017)
  • Production
  • Operations
  • Infrastructure
  • Cash costs
  • Capital costs
  • Product quality
  • Economic assumptions

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