Fortescue infrastructure expansion progresses
Fortescue Metals recently opened a third berth at its Herb Elliot Port in Port Hedland, increasing export capacity to 100mtpa. It represents the first phase of an $8.4bn expansion.
The company’s plans for expansion also include a fourth berth and its ultimate target is to reach 155mtpa export capacity by 2014.
The port expansion will support an increase in ore received from the Chichester Hub and the new Solomon Hub. Fortescue says expansion works at port are on schedule and on budget.
Infrastructure to be installed during the expansion includes a second and third train unloader, a third stacker, a second and third reclaimer and second and third shiploader.
Fortescue currently has approval from the Port Hedland Port Authority to expand Herb Elliott Port to 120mtpa. To reach the 155mtpa target, it is investigating options that will optimise the iron ore handling volume and efficiency including automated mooring and a potential fifth berth.