|Location||Chichester Range, Pilbara region|
Hancock Prospecting (70%)|
China Steel Corporation (2.5%)
Roy Hill is an iron ore mining project in the Chichester Range in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, located 115 kilometres (71 mi) north of Newman and 277 kilometres (172 mi) south of Port Hedland. With indicated and inferred reserves of more than 2.4 billion tonnes, it is set to become one of the largest mining projects in Australia. Mining operations will produce 55 million tones of iron ore per annum with an operating life of more than 20 years.
Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting is the majority stakeholder in the project with a 70% interest. The remaining 30% stake is held by a consortium comprising POSCO (12.5%), Marubeni (15%), and China Steel Corporation (2.5%). As part of the ownership agreement the various consortium partners have also secured their proportionate share of iron ore production from the Roy Hill Project, representing a combined 16.5Mtpa of iron ore at full production.
Project work commenced in mid-2011 and so far major dredging work of the harbour at South West Creek, within Port Hedland's inner harbour has been completed. Dredging will entail the removal of 7.5 million m3 of material to a depth of 6 metres (20 ft) below the low tide mark, and the construction of two new shipping berths: Stanley 1 and Stanley 2.
Construction of the Ginbata Airport at the mine site and internal mine roads have also been completed, as has clearing of the centre line for the railway. Ginbata Airport is capable of handling 737 aircraft and will be the hub for transporting the fly in, fly out workforce.
A new 344 kilometres (214 mi) 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) heavy haul, standard gauge railway from the minesite to Port Hedland will be built. The rail system will deliver five 232-wagon train loads of 32,000 tonnes of ore each per day.
Capital costs to develop the project are estimated to be at least A$7 billion, and the first shipments from the mine are expected in 2015. A permanent village to house 2,000 people is under construction at the mine site.
Cattle station and homestead
Roy Hill homestead is located about 18 kilometres (11 mi) south of the proposed mine site.
The station was established in 1886 by Nat Cooke who owned Mallina Station. Mallina had suffered from several years drought so Cooke was keen to secure new pastures. The first official lease was granted to D. MacKay in 1890 for an area of 20,000 acres (8,094 ha).
The Indigenous inhabitants of the area are the Nyiyaparli People. The Nyiyaparli language is spoken.
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