MinRes export shipment to leave Port of Esperance
Esperance will farewell the first iron ore shipment in six months from its port on Thursday, with Mineral Resources set to send its first load from the Koolyanobbing operation.
Mineral Resources bought the iron ore operation, near Southern Cross, in August after Cleveland- Cliffs ceased operations on June 30 — prompting concerns for hundreds of jobs in the region.
The Mineral Resources takeover saved jobs at the Koolyanobbing mine site near Southern Cross, within Arc Infrastructure who own and maintain the railway line, and at the Esperance port.
Southern Ports acting chief executive Alan Byers said Thursday’s shipment would be an important milestone for the region.
“It is a credit to the State Government, Mineral Resources and the team at Southern Ports that the iron ore trade could recommence within six months, securing jobs and supporting the region,” he said.
“Our team team has worked with Mineral Resources to ensure plant, equipment and IT services were fitfor-purpose, including upgrading production control systems and modifying the rail car dumper to suit the company’s wagons.”
The first shipment from the operation comes just one month after the ASX-listed company’s train derailed on the Leonora-Esperance railway line.