Arrium owns the private rail network that runs from its Middleback Ranges mine sites to Whyalla. In Whyalla, the ore is bottom tipped from the rail wagons into an undercover storage facility. Specialised barges are then used to transport the ore a short distance by sea to a floating trans-shipping barge for fast and efficient loading of ships.
The Whyalla port is owned and operated by Arrium. The port includes an outer harbour with a current capacity of approximately 13 million tonners per annum, as well as an 'iron ore capable' inner harbour for servicing the Steelworks and with the ability to receive trains of up to 1.8km in length from both standard and narrow gauge iron ore trains, including offloading trains 'on the move' and also link with our Middleback Ranges ine through a 6.5km narrow gauge line. The outer harbour includes: an iron ore loading jetty; an iron ore storage shed connected to the Middleback Ranges rail line; two storage sheds and will enable loading vessels of up to handi-max size at a new bulk products berth, as well as the simultaneous loading of two cape-sized vessels through an additional transhipment vessel; dredged channels linking to open water and the inner harbour; a Panamax transhipment point at 5nm distance and a Cape-size transhipment point at 7.5nm distance (both serviced by dedicated transhipping contractor CSL, which operates two barges and an offshore transfer barge).
The storage, outload and trans-shipping facility have the capability to handle secondary ore products as well as iron ore.
Infrastructure for Southern Iron includes accommodation camp facilities capable of housing approximately 300 people for fly in fly out from Coober Pedy.
Mined ore will be transported from the mine via haul road to Wirrida rail siding (approximately 100kms). The rail siding includes ROM, post crusher stockpiles, a crushing and screening circuit and train loading facilities using front end loaders and a 4.2km rail loop. Iron ore mined from Peculiar Knob will be transported from Wirrida by rail to a new Whyalla port and barge loading facility (approximately 600kms) for blending and export.
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