- Additional 2 million tonnes per annum of exports locked in for Geraldton Port
- Port services agreements signed with Strandline Resources, GWR Group and Fenix Resources
- McGowan Government diversifying the Mid-West economy and driving jobs in Geraldton
The Mid-West is set for a major growth spurt, with exports from Geraldton Port to increase by 2 million tonnes per annum over the next two years.
The McGowan Government, through the Mid West Ports Authority, has signed port services agreements with three resources companies set to export from Geraldton for the first time.
Fenix Resources will export 1.25 million tonnes per annum from its Iron Ridge iron ore projects, located 490km north-east of Geraldton, with first shipment expected in early 2021.
GWR Group will export 500,000 tonnes per annum for its C4 Wiluna Iron Ore Stage 1 project, with first shipment also expected in early 2021.
Strandline Resources will export 230,000 tonnes per annum of mineral sands from its Coburn project, 240km north of Geraldton, starting in 2022.
Earlier this year, the McGowan Government endorsed the Port of Geraldton Master Plan, charting growth at the port over the next 15 years up to 50 million tonnes per annum throughput, from 14.95mtpa in 2019-20.
Through the WA Recovery Plan, the McGowan Government has funded the $10 million Wharf 4 Strengthening and Rail Replacement project to upgrade a key piece of Geraldton Port infrastructure, paving the way for long-term growth in mineral sands export from Geraldton.
Wharf 4 is the primary export wharf for mineral sands, talc and concentrates from Geraldton Port, and will be used by Strandline Resources.
Mid West Ports Authority is currently finalising tender negotiations for the Wharf 4 works, which are expected to get underway in 2021.
Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"New resources projects are coming online through the Mid-West, the region's economy is on the up.
"These Port Services Agreements will see a significant expansion of exports through Geraldton Port over the next two years, creating local jobs in Geraldton and across the region.
"Our Government is getting on with diversifying the Mid-West economy, creating local jobs in the community and facilitating growth right across the State.
"Our investments at Geraldton Port mean trade can continue to expand, ensuring a bright future for the city and the region."
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