New Pilbara iron ore project wins approval

State Government approvals have cleared the way for development of the 15 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) Hope Downs 4 iron ore mine.

State Government approvals have cleared the way for development of the 15 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) Hope Downs 4 iron ore mine.


State Government approvals have cleared the way for development of the 15 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) Hope Downs 4 iron ore mine.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Government agencies have worked together to secure approvals, for the mine and for a 53km railway line and a 220 kV electricity transmission line to connect the new Hope Downs 4 mine to the existing Hope Downs 1 infrastructure.

Approval for the new mine was granted under the Iron Ore (Hope Downs) Agreement 1992 in July 2011 and the rail and power supply components were approved under the Iron Ore (Hamersley Range) Agreement 1963 in December 2011. The Government has now granted a special licence for the railway.

Hope Downs 4 mine is a joint venture between Rio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd, that will be constructed  and operated by Rio Tinto as one of its iron ore expansion projects. The rail and power project will be funded, built and operated by Rio Tinto.

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett said that during the final six months of 2011, the Government had granted approval for iron ore projects in the Pilbara, worth a combined total of almost $10billion.

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