A foreign-backed $5.6 billion metal mine planned for northwest Australia is expected to create thousands of jobs.
New Zealand-owned Balla Balla Infrastructure Group has reached a tentative agreement with the Western Australian Government to build the Balla Balla Iron Ore Export Facility on the Pilbara Coast between Karratha and Port Hedland.
The project involves building a six to 10 million-tonnes-a-year iron ore mine, port and 162km railway between the port and iron ore deposits in the central Pilbara. The infrastructure is hoped to offer an alternative to rail links used by BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group.
“While there are still a number of hurdles for the proponent, it is estimated when it gets underway, the project will generate 3300 jobs during construction and 910 jobs once operational,” State Premier Colin Barnett says.
“The proposed export facility will use custom-built barges to transfer ore onto ships, reducing costs and environmental impacts.”
Despite some economic headwinds, there is still interest and investment opportunities in the resources sector.
“State Agreements provide certainty for business, resulting in longer-term investment and advantages for the West Australian economy through jobs and community benefits,” State Development Minister Bill Marmion says.
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