Government approval for IronClad’s port infrastructure
The South Australian government has signed off on IronClad Mining’s transhipment loading facilities at Lucky Bay which will service the company’s Wilcherry Hill mine.
The project development approval allows IronClad to commence construction of infrastructure at the existing Lucky Bay port, near the township of Cowell on the Spencer Gulf.
Under IronClad’s plans, a customised motorised feeder barge will transport ore from the new Lucky Bay loading facilities to waiting ships. Future transhipment upgrades will consider incorporation of a floating harbour facility anchored offshore, or the utilisation of a floating crane, which would allow loading of Cape-sized vessels.
According to IronClad, construction of the first purpose-built barge is well advanced, with the vessel scheduled to arrive in South Australia early in the third quarter of 2012.
IronClad has an agreement with Sea Transport Development for full access rights to the designated 50-hectare port site at Lucky Bay, where it will store and ship iron ore from its Wilcherry Hill and Hercules projects.
IronClad Mining managing director, Wayne Richards, said:
“For IronClad, development approval for the port facility finalises the company’s requirements for an ‘end-to-end’ logistics supply chain for the ore produced from our Wilcherry Hill Project, and has the potential to be expanded to accommodate the ore from our larger Hercules Project currently under review.
“The port facility will provide an important export point not only for IronClad, but for other potential mining companies and exporters in the region.”