Yilgarn Iron Province cements second place after Pilbara Currently YIPA members export 15 Mtpa and the Association is working toward a 10 Mtpa port expansion at Esperance - being Stage One and modestly costed at under $200m.
The serious players, ten iron ore producers and explorers, from WA’s Yilgarn Iron Province are members of the peak industry body, the Yilgarn Iron Producers Association.
YIPA welcomes Transport Minister Troy Buswells' decision to greenlight the upgrade of the Port of Esperance. YIPA also welcomes EPSL’s stated timeline for the process and completion of the upgrade:
Preferred proponent to be appointed by the first quarter of 2014
sustainable economic development and mining and community, indigenous and environmental achievement in the YIP, and
the interests of prospective and current iron miners and the development of infrastructure throughout the YIP and rail and export ports.
The Yilgarn is already an established iron producer with approaching 14 Million tonnes per annum of Direct Shipping Ore to be exported this year and a potential aggregate iron endowment of over 15 Billion tonnes of Potentially Beneficiable Magnetite and one Billion tonnes of DSO hematite ores.
The Province extends from Wiluna to Koolyanobbing near Southern Cross and 150 km west of the Leonora-Kalgoorlie-Esperance Port infrastructure corridor (see map).
Having access to infrastructure and concentration of prospective mines in such a small area with large resources of ore earmarks the province as one of great potential.