APIJV – West Pilbara Iron Ore Project: Stage I – Western Australia - Project Profile
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The Australian Premium Iron Joint Venture (APIJV) is planning to undertake the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project in Western Australia, Australia.
The project involves the development of a multi-user deep-sea water port with an export capacity of 350MTPA and is planned to be implemented in stages.
It also includes the construction of a 282km standard-gauge rail line to support 40 million tonnes per year (MTPA) from eight mining areas and processing infrastructure, stockpiling facilities, a railway terminal, storage facilities, a separating unit and infrastructure-related facilities.
In June 2009, a co-operation agreement was signed with Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG) to investigate whether a joint approach, to the development of a port facility and associated infrastructure in the vicinity of Anketell Point is appropriate.
Cullen Resources Ltd has been appointed as supply contractor.
Aurizon has been appointed as a design consultant.
With the assistance of FMG and China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC), a conceptual plan has been submitted to the state, outlining the facilities required by the project, and how the proposed development can accommodate other potential users of this site, as well as providing areas for industrial developments.
In March 2010, the Government of Western Australia provided the initial approvals for the development of greenfield port facilities at Anketell Point.
The state government will provide US$3.5 million over the next three years and is expecting investments from Aquila Resources.
In September 2012, the project was placed on hold due to funding and environmental issues. However, in May 2013, the project was approved by the Federal Environment Ministry.
In 2013, FMG and MCC Australia Sanjin Mining Pty Ltd withdrew from the development.
In March 2014, the Western Australian Government finalized land tenure to utilize port and notice of intention to take (NOITT) was signed.
In July 2014, Baoshan Iron & Steel Group (BISG) and Aurizon (AZJ) acquired Aquila Resources (API) for US$1,310 million.
On September 11, 2014, American Metals & Coal International (AMCI) and POSCO entered into an agreement with AZJ for the joint development.
In May 2015, the State Government began the formal acquisition process of more than 4,300ha of land.
The project involves the development of Anketell port and rail infrastructure for a 40MTPA mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Australia.
The US$6,900 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of crushing, screening and processing lump and fines products facilities
2. Construction of stockpiling and train loading facilities
3. Construction of a 282km standard-gauge dedicated heavy-haul railway
4. Construction of a anketell port, storage facilities
5. Construction of a remote operations center
6. Construction of a sizer plant
7. Construction of access roads, a railway terminal
8. Construction of infrastructural facilities
9. Installation of safety systems
10. Construction of related facilities
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