02/10/2013 - 13:38

Rio opens Cape Lambert port expansion

02/10/2013 - 13:38

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Premier Colin Barnett says Rio Tinto's new port expansion in the Pilbara is a sign of confidence in the resources sector which will allow Western Australia to boost its iron ore exports.

Premier Colin Barnett says Rio Tinto's new port expansion in the Pilbara is a sign of confidence in the resources sector which will allow Western Australia to boost its iron ore exports.

Mr Barnett today officially opened Rio's Cape Lambert Port B facility in the Pilbara, which will boost the annual iron ore export capacity at the port from 80 million tonnes to 140 million tonnes per annum.

That capacity is set reach 210 million tonnes per annum upon planned future expansions. 

"Rio Tinto's investment in expanding its iron ore export capacity is excellent news for Western Australia and the Pilbara," Mr Barnett said.

"The project has been accompanied by an expansion of housing, and upgrade of community facilities in Wickham, and impressively, this facility is being officially opened only 16 months after Rio Tinto took its final investment decision to commence construction."

The Cape Lambert Port B works include new outloading and marine facilities, two new car dumpers, a new stockyard and a new screenhouse.

Iron ore production in Western Australia increased 12 per cent to 512.6 million tonnes in 2012-13, with Rio Tinto accounting for almost half of this production. 

The industry contributed around $3.65 billion in royalty payments over the same period, according to the government.

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