George Cash

George Cash


    Steel plant developers committed to meet environmental guidelines (A/Min)

    9/01/1996 12:00 AM



    Acting Resources Development Minister George Cash is confident that strict environmental conditions can be met by the developers of the proposed $900 million Mid West Iron and Steel project.


    Mr Cash said the steel manufacturing plant - to be built near Geraldton - had been given approval by the Environmental Protection Authority, subject to certain commitments by the developers, Kingstream Resources NL on noise, gas and dust emissions and protection of groundwater.


    "The environmental requirements for the manufacturing plant going ahead are quite achievable and I am confident the project will proceed as planned," he said.


    "While the Government welcomes this type of development, the onus is on the developers of any resource project - regardless of size or capital expenditure - to ensure all environmental conditions are stringently met."


    Mr Cash said the Mid West Iron and Steel project was shaping up as the biggest resource project ever undertaken in the region and was another example of the Western Australian Government's determination to promote value-added secondary industries for the State.


    "The project will provide a major boost to the economy of the Mid-West region, with up to 2,000 jobs being provided during a construction phase lasting about two-and-a-half years," he said.


    "Ultimately up to 600 permanent jobs will be created at the mine site and ore processing plant."


    The proposed Mid West Iron and Steel project is based on a 1.5 million tonnes per annum mining operation at Tallering Peak, 150 km north-east of Geraldton.


    Iron ore will be trucked from the mine site and then taken by rail to a processing plant at Narngulu, on the outskirts of Geraldton.


    The processing operation includes a pelletising plant, a direct reduction plant to enrich the ore, electric arc furnaces for the production of steel, a continuous caster and, possibly, a rolling mill. The final product will be shipped out of the port of Geraldton.


    While mining will initially take place at Tallering Peak, where reserves of 28 million tonnes of high-grade iron ore have been identified, the project has licences covering two other iron ore deposits in the region - at Koolanooka and Blue Hills near Morawa.


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