The mining process is not technically complicated: ore would be extracted from the surface of the pit.
As currently planned, after primary crushing, ore would be loaded onto a largely suspended conveyor belt to transport it to a facility in the surrounding lowlands, generating electricity as the ore descends. The ore would proceed through secondary crushers and screens, and then be stockpiled. From there, it would be loaded onto trains and sent to port. The project seeks to mine approximately 450 million tonnes of ore across 15-25 years, depending on the rate of production. The ore needs no treatment other than simple dry-crushing and screening. Processing of the ore requires no wet-processing or treatment with chemicals. There would be no tailings dam and very little waste-rock.