Koolyanob­bing mine clo­sure looms

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS -

US-based iron ore miner Cleve­land-Cliffs will wave off its last ship­ment from its Koolyanob­bing iron ore project in June.

The 11 mil­lion tonne per an­num project, near South­ern Cross in WA, has ex­ported iron ore out of Esper­ance since 1994, and de­liv­ered hun­dreds of jobs for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

In Jan­uary, Cleve­land-Cliffs an­nounced it would close its Aus­tralian op­er­a­tions in 2018 amid mar­ket ap­petite for higher grade ore.

The South­ern Ports Au­thor­ity and min­ing staff have since been no­ti­fied of the clo­sure date.

“As a re­sult, the con­fir­ma­tion of this ac­tion will re­sult in a big change not just to the port, but to the broader Gold­field­sEsper­ance com­mu­nity,” South­ern Ports chief ex­ec­u­tive Nico­las Fertin told staff.

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