SA pipeline project to boost exports

According to a recent report by the state government, a $5 billion infrastructure project proposed for South Australia is set to help boost iron ore exports to more than 100 million tonnes per year.

The Braemar Bulk Export Project, which will link the upper Spencer Gulf to iron ore resources in the state’s northeast has been given major development status from the South Australian Government. If approved, the project will include four underground iron ore slurry pipelines, road and four water pipelines. A floating processing, storage and offloading facility has also been proposed in Spencer Gulf, north of Wallaroo.

Deputy Premier and Planning Minister John Rau supported that the state would now assess the environmental impacts of the proposed project. Mr Rau also highlighted that even though they are currently going through an environmental impact process and various other processes to make sure this is an appropriate project to get a final sign-off, the arrangements for access to relevant land will be a responsibility to the people proposing the project.

Major development status allows for the most sophisticated and thorough set of planning approvals available within the project planning regime.There is a strong level of analysis applied to the project’s assessment, with significant consultation requirements.The state’s Infrastructure and Mineral Resources Minister, Tom Koutsantonis stated that the project will allow for an eight-fold increase in the amount of iron ore currently being exported and provide a 385-kilometre infrastructure corridor.

Gordon Toll from Braemar Infrastructure is confident about the $3 billion, which would need to be raised before the project could go ahead. He further stated that a lot of money is out there for private equity investment groups looking for something just like this particular project to invest in

Miners welcome the project proposal and feel confident that the pipeline would allow expansion projects near Broken Hill to upgrade. Quentin Hill, a managing director of Carpentaria Exploration also stated that while his company was planning on exporting iron ore by rail, the pipeline would beneficial. For businesses like Carpentaria Exploration who don’t rely on pipeline export route but rely on rail and port infrastructure that’s already in place, the pipeline project is seen as a bonus that will allow them to expand more cheaply.

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Extracted from the Media Releases of South Australian Government, Deputy Premier and Planning Minister John Rau, Mineral Resources Minister, Tom Koutsantonis, Gordon Toll from Braemar Infrastructure and Managing director of Carpentaria Exploration, Quentin Hill – sources: www.abc.net.au and www.miningaustra

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