MinRes ex­port ship­ment to leave Port of Esper­ance

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Zoe Keenan

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.

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