Sydney: Plans for a new deep water port and heavy industry estate at Oakajee, 20km north of the Western Australian town of Geraldton are designed to unlock the mid west region’s mineral production, processing and export potential.
‘The A$1.5bn project proposal is for a port capable of handling more than 40 mtpa, targeted to begin operations in 2013 and serviced by an appropriately buffered 6500ha industrial estate. It will embrace common-user infrastructure including a breakwater, channel, turning basin and road and utility access to the port and industrial estate. Individual exporters and industries will construct and operate, or lease wharf, loading and rail facilities. This project will generate a peak construction workforce of 2000, an estimated 300 jobs in port and transport operations and more than 8000 jobs servicing expanded mining and processing activity. As well as iron ore, with deposits estimated to be capable of producing more than 800mt, the region produces mineral sands, base metals and a range of other mineral and petroleum products.