WA this week 10 years ago - BHP expands rail, ports

THE Broken Hill Pty Ltd said it would spend $375 million on the first stage of expansion of its rail and port capacity at Port Headland, Western Australia, this week 10 years ago. The company said it would match future iron ore and hot briquetted iron sales growth by increasing capacity in two stages. The first stage would incorporate a third ore car dumper, upgrades to the number two crushing and screening plant, new conveyors, a rail yard, additional train passing loops and other infrastructure. Due to begin in September, the project would increase the Nelson Point port capacity to 64 million tones per year, which would help boost total BHP Iron Ore shipments to more than 70 million tonnes a year, BHP said. The proposed second stage included a fourth berth and shiploader, extended stockpiles and additional rail equipment, and the company expected total capacity to increase to more than over 80 million tones per year.

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