Roy Hill

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Roy Hill Project
Roy Hill Project is located in Australia
Roy Hill Project
Roy Hill Project
Location in Australia
LocationChichester Range, Pilbara region
StateWestern Australia
Coordinates22°37′19″S 119°57′30″E / 22.621944°S 119.958333°E / -22.621944; 119.958333Coordinates: 22°37′19″S 119°57′30″E / 22.621944°S 119.958333°E / -22.621944; 119.958333
ProductsIron ore
CompanyHancock Prospecting (70%)
POSCO (12.5%)
Marubeni (15%)
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.[1][2][3] 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.[4][5] Mining operations will produce 55 million tonnes of iron ore per annum with an operating life of more than 20 years.[6]

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%).[7] 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.

Mine development[edit]

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.[8][9]

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 12 in) heavy haul, standard gauge railway from the minesite to Port Hedland will be built.[10][11] The rail system will deliver five 232-wagon train loads of 32,000 tonnes of ore each per day.[12]

Capital costs to develop the project are estimated to be at least A$7 billion,[5] 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. 22°27′1″S 119°57′47″E / 22.45028°S 119.96306°E / -22.45028; 119.96306

Roy Hill took delivery of the first of 21 ES44ACIs diesel-electric locomotives in January 2015.[13]

Cattle station and homestead[edit]

Roy Hill homestead 22°37′13″S 119°57′30″E / 22.62028°S 119.95833°E / -22.62028; 119.95833 is located about 18 kilometres (11 mi) south of the proposed mine site.[6]

Roy Hill Station was an important cattle station in the north-west, being on the Meekatharra-Nullagine Road and stock route. The station area is about 396,604 hectares (980,030 acres).[14]

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).[15]

In 1915 the property was carrying 10,000 head of cattle.[16] It is situated south of Mulga Downs Station, once owned by Lang Hancock and presently owned by his daughter Gina Rinehart.[17]

A nearby 69 metres (226 ft) bridge crossing the Fortescue River to service the cattle industry was constructed in the late 1920s.[18]

Indigenous inhabitants[edit]

The Indigenous inhabitants of the area are the Nyiyaparli People. The Nyiyaparli language is spoken.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Roy Hill 1". Hancock Prospecting. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  2. ^ SMEC Australia Pty Ltd (2009), Roy Hill 1 iron ore mining project : draft public environmental review. Volume 1, SMEC Australia Pty Ltd, retrieved 1 February 2012
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  4. ^ Chessell, James (18 January 2012). "POSCO lifts stake in Hancock's Roy Hill" (PDF). Australian Financial Review. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b Klinger, Peter (19 January 2012). "Ratings agencies endorse Roy Hill" (PDF). West Australian. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Environmental protection Act 1986 - Amendment to Works Approval. Premises Roy Hill Iron Ore project Construction Camp" (PDF). Department of Energy and Conservation. p. 4.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Roy Hill Ownership". Archived from the original on 21 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Roy Hill Starts Dredging Operations" (PDF). 2 June 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2012.
  9. ^ Roy Hill 1 iron ore project port infrastructure. Addendum : Mangrove Health Monitoring Plan : surface flow monitoring methodology, Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd, 2009, retrieved 2 February 2012
  10. ^ "Hillside south : rail route options for the Roy Hill Iron Ore Mining Project : level 1 flora & vegetation assessment", Animal Plant Mineral Pty Ltd, One Tree Botanical, 2010, retrieved 2 February 2012
  11. ^ Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd; Western Australia. Environmental Protection Authority; Australia. Dept. of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2010), Roy Hill Infrastructure railway environmental referral document, Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd, retrieved 2 February 2012CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "Roy Hil Project Receives Special Railway License" (PDF). 5 July 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2012.
  13. ^ Issue 01.02 Western Australian Rail January 2015
  14. ^ "Roy Hill Station Exclusion" (PDF). Landgate. 2002.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Roy Hill Homestead and former Post Office". inHerit. Heritage Council of Western Australia. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  16. ^ "The North-West". Western Mail. Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 9 July 1915. p. 18. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  17. ^ "FMG Chichester Pty. Ltd. vs Rinehart & ORS 2010 WAMW7" (PDF). Mining Warden. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  18. ^ "WESTERN AUSTRALIA NORTH-WEST BRIDGES". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 5 September 1929. p. 28. Retrieved 2 February 2012.

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