Atlas Iron Says Mining at Wodgina Site to Start Early June

Atlas Iron Ltd. said it expects iron ore mining at its Wodgina site to start early next month after receiving final government approval. The Perth-based company said it’s on target to ship ore through Utah Point in October and achieve iron ore exports at a combined rate of 6 million tons per annum from its Wodgina and Pardoo mines in Western Australia by December. That rate should grow to a rate of 9 million tons by the end of 2011 following the planned commissioning of the Abydos project, Atlas Iron said in a statement to the Australian stock exchange today.