Iron ore to be shipped out of Port Augusta

Commercial shipping would return to Port Augusta for the first time in almost half a century with a new port proposed for the former coal-fired power station site just outside the town.

Adelaide Now Cu-River Mining has struck a deal with Flinders Power to buy the former site of Alinta Energy’s Northern and Playford A and B coal-fired power stations, and wants to build a port capable of exporting up to 15 million tonnes of iron ore per year.

More than 150 people would be employed building the port, which could start in just more than a year’s time, and up to 100 permanent positions would be created.

It is expected that other iron ore producers, and copper and grain exporters, could also use the facility, which has the scope to be expanded to a capacity of 50 million tonnes per year.

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