Woodie Woodie

Western Australia, WA, Australia

Main commodities: Mn
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The Woodie Woodie manganese mine is located 400 km south-east of Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

It is the largest of a series of deposits that form the Pilbara Manganese Province which lies towards the eastern margin of the Hamersley and Bangemall Basins of the eastern Pilbara Craton.

Manganese deposits occur as cavity fill within the Carawine Dolomite, and as sheets and lenses in the Pinjian Chert breccia overlying the dolomite.

The Carawine Dolomite is a member of the 2600 to 2450 Ma Hamersley Group and lies within the package of carbonates, shales and minor cherts that separate the major Marra Mamba and Brockman iron formations, the main productive units of the Hamersley Basin iron province further to the west.

Mineralisation is believed to have developed by supergene processes within the dolomite and chert breccia during the Paleoproterozoic, between the withdrawal of the "Hamersley Sea" and the deposition of the 1600 to 1000 Ma Bangemall Group. The enrichment within the dolomite occurs below the unconformity with the overlying Manganese Group manganiferous shales of the Bangemall Group.

Information from detailed geological mapping, such as the occurrence of discrete Mn veins in dolomite, suggests that primary Mn ore deposition may have been at least partly the result of hydrothermal processes.

The largest deposit at Woodie Woodie forms a pipe-like body to a depth of around 30 m. The other bodies in the deposit fill fissures in or form cappings on the dolomite or chert breccia above the dolomite.

Outcropping manganese ore was first discovered at Woodie Woodie in 1950, and was mined at small scale until 1990 when large scale production was commenced. Production reached more than half a million tonnes per annum in 2001 and is trucked from Woodie Woodie to Port Headland for export.

Production at Woodie Woodie for the twelve months to June in 2006 amounted to 0.9 Mt @ 48% Mn, bringing the total mined from the operation to 5.7 Mt.

Reserves and resources as at June 2006 were (Consolidated Minerals, 2006):

     Measured resource - 10.182 Mt @ 42.5% Mn, 5.9% Fe, 16.3% SiO2
     Indicated resource - 4.567 Mt @ 40.3% Mn, 6.7% Fe, 16.6% SiO
     Inferred resource - 0.735 Mt @ 40.7% Mn, 8.0% Fe, 15.0% SiO
   Total resource - 15.493 Mt @ 41.8% Mn, 6.2% Fe, 16.3% SiO
     Proved reserve - 9.398 Mt @ 42.7% Mn, 5.3% Fe, 15.8% SiO
     Probable reserve - 0.077 Mt @ 41.8% Mn, 9.1% Fe, 10.9% SiO
   Total reserve - 9.475 Mt @ 42.7% Mn, 5.3% Fe, 15.8% SiO

Reserves are included in the resources.

The most recent source geological information used to prepare this summary was dated: 2007.    
This description is a summary from published sources, the chief of which are listed below.
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