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Iluka cuts SA jobs and suspends mining

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Iluka Resources will cut 33 jobs as it prepares to suspend mining for up to two years at its Jacinth-Ambrosia zircon operation in South Australia’s Eucla Basin.

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Iluka says the suspension will start on April 16 and run for 18 to 24 months. Thirty three workers will be made redundant, with another 46 to be retained or redeployed.

Managing director David Robb said the decision to suspend mining and concentrate production activities at Jacinth-Ambrosia will increase the company’s free cash flow at a time of low industry returns.

“Inevitably, there will be further job losses associated with contractors and support services to the operation,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Iluka recognises the significant impact the decision to suspend mining and concentrating operations will have on employees and their families and on local communities.”

Robb said Iluka will work with the state government and regional bodies to co-ordinate transition arrangements.

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