Christmas Creek iron ore mine is operated by the Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), Australia’s thirdlargest iron ore producer. The mine is part of FMG’s integrated mining operations, which include, an established FMG mine. Operations at Christmas Creek are combined with activities at Cloudbreak.
Crushing At the processing plant, the taconite is crushed into very small pieces by rock crushing machines. The crushers keep crushing the rock until it is the size of a marble. The rock is mixed with water and ground in rotating mills until it is as fine as powder. Separation The iron ore is separated from the taconite using magnetism.