Utah Point dis­count ex­tended

Pilbara News - - News - Nick Evans

The State Govern­ment has bowed to pres­sure from mid-tier Pil­bara min­ers and ex­tended a $2.50-a-tonne dis­count on ex­ports at Port Hed­land’s Utah Point bulk ex­port ter­mi­nal.

The dis­count will also be ap­plied to man­ganese miner Con­sol­i­dated Min­er­als, which had partly blamed high costs at Utah Point for the Jan­uary clo­sure of its Woodie Woodie mine.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said the dis­count would run for an­other year.

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter months of fu­ri­ous lob­by­ing from ter­mi­nal users, in­clud­ing Min­eral Re­sources, At­las Iron and Con­sMin, which have op­posed Govern­ment plans to pri­va­tise Utah Point on the grounds that any move by a new owner to lift ex­port charges would put their busi­nesses at risk.

The ex­ten­sion is a par­tial win for the users and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Min­ing and Ex­plo­ration Com­pa­nies, which wel­comed the re­lief ex­ten­sion.

But ef­forts to have the Govern­ment agree to re­move a $1.20/t levy when min­ers ex­ceed al­lo­cated ex­port rates were not suc­cess­ful.

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