BC Iron has recorded a boost to quarterly production as its Nullagine mine operates at its forecast rate of 6.5 million tonnes per annum.
The Pilbara producer said the amount of iron ore mined rose by two per cent to 1.61 million tonnes in the three months to September, up from 1.57 million tonnes in the June quarter.
Operating costs for the September quarter were $31 per wet metric tonne.
The company has forecast production of between 5.8 million tonnes and 6.2 million tonnes in 2013/14 due to unpredictable rainfall during the wet season.
BC Iron said guidance generally allowed for the Nullagine mine to operate at 6.5 million tonnes per annum for nine months of the year, and at 4.5 million tonnes per annum for the wetter months of January, February and March.
Its shares were up nine cents, or 1.8 per cent, at $4.96 at 1540 AEDT.AAP