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What is hematite?

Hematite is a black, grey or reddish-coloured mineral which is mined as the main source of iron.

Hematite has traditionally formed the bulk of global iron ore production, and high-grade hematite is often referred to as “Direct Shipping Ore” or “DSO” because it is mined and beneficiated using a relatively simple crushing and screening process before being exported for use in steel mills.

 

Hematite is often cheaper to process than other forms of iron ore as it generally does not require beneficiation due to its higher iron content. However, hematite ores may contain higher concentrations of contaminant elements (such as phosphorus, alumina and silica) and may therefore need to be blended prior to smelting. Export grade hematite ores generally grade above 60% iron content.

 



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