Koolyanobbing mine closure looms
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.