Atlas Iron Says Mining at Wodgina Site to Start Early June

May 17 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

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