First shipment of Mineral Resources iron ore exported through Kwinana
An important milestone was reached at Fremantle Ports’ Kwinana Bulk Terminal on 19 November with the first shipment of iron ore exported for Mineral Resources.
Iron ore is loaded into bulk carrier Union Dede
The ore was railed to Kwinana from the company’s Carina mine in the central Yilgarn.
The upgrade at Kwinana Bulk Terminal included new and improved export infrastructure
Fremantle Ports signed a commercial agreement with the Australian-based company in May this year to export 4.4 million tonnes of iron ore annually through the Kwinana Bulk Terminal. Since then, the terminal has undergone a $44 million upgrade of its export infrastructure, with Mineral Resources providing most of the funding.
Griffin Coal (acquired by Indian conglomerate Lanco Infratech) has also contributed to the cost of the upgrading as part of an agreement reached this year to export up to 750,000 tonnes of coal annually for four years.
Fremantle Ports acquired the Kwinana Bulk Terminal from BHP Billiton in 2002 and has spent more than $39 million upgrading infrastructure and service capability. That work was done before this year’s upgrade.
Other products handled at the terminal include cement clinker, coal, gypsum, nut coke and slag. Iron ore was previously imported for the HIsmelt project and pig iron exported.