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The Project

 

Our project

The 55 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) Roy Hill Project is the next iron ore mining, rail & port project to be developed in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is a world-class, low phosphorus, Marra Mamba iron ore deposit located in the Pilbara – one of the world’s premier iron ore provinces – and the only independent iron ore project with West Australian majority ownership.

Situated approximately 115 kilometres north of Newman, the Roy Hill Project lies on the flat plains at the eastern end of the Chichester Range.

The Roy Hill Project has a defined mineralisation of more than 2.3bt of +50% Fe iron ore of which 1.2bt is +55% Fe, enough to sustain a mine life of more than 20 years, with Roy Hill aiming to load its first shipment of ore for export in 2015.

 
 

Mine

The geology of the Roy Hill deposit lends itself to a conventional open pit, drill and blast, truck and excavator bulk mining method from multiple production benches. The bulk of the overburden and waste produced from mining activities will be dumped into the previously mined out pit voids.

The processing plant for the Roy Hill project will utilise low risk, proven technology and will be the largest single feed processing plant in the region.

 
 

Rail

A 344 kilometre single line, heavy haul railway will be constructed to transport the processed iron ore from the Roy Hill Mine, to a dedicated port stockyard facility located to the south of Port Hedland.

The independently owned and operated Roy Hill railway will operate five ore trains per day, each consisting of three locomotives hauling 232 ore cars with a total payload of 31,450 tonnes of ore.

 
 

Port

Roy Hill’s purpose built iron ore port facility at Port Hedland will be constructed to receive, stockpile, screen and export 55Mtpa (wet) of direct shipped iron ore as lump and fines and will be designed to accommodate future expansion.

The wharf has been designed to accommodate an average vessel size of 206,000 tonnes, but is capable of handling larger 320,000 tonne cape size vessels.

 
 

Corporate Headquarters and Remote Operations Centre

Roy Hill is introducing a significant new dimension to the mining industry, through its operation of a Perth-based integrated Corporate Headquarters and Remote Operations Centre (ROC).

The amalgamation of the Corporate Headquarters and the ROC provides Roy Hill with the ability to integrate its operations, marketing and corporate services functions, to optimise production throughput, quality and reliability across the entire business.

The ROC will provide end-to-end integration of operations by managing safety, human capital and production through the adoption of state-of the-art automation.

 
 

Additional Infrastructure

To support mine construction and operations, Roy Hill has constructed and is operating a purpose built mine site airport capable of handling 737 aircraft, well equipped, modern workforce accommodation for 3,600 construction workers and approximately 2,000 operational staff and contractors and is developing site access roads, and mining and processing support facilities.

 
 

Project Progress

With a target date of first ore on ship by late 2015, Roy Hill has already achieved some significant milestones including a $3.2bn equity agreement with a consortium comprising Marubeni Corporation, POSCO, and China Steel Corporation and a US$7.2 billion debt funding package with five Export Credit Agencies and 19 Commercial Banks.

The Roy Hill Project continues to move from strength to strength, with a significant number of milestones achieved to date as the Project moves beyond two thirds complete. Early works such as clearing the centreline for the railway and dredging of the harbour have been completed, long lead items have been ordered and the first of these items have been delivered to site. Four 300 room Rail Camps have been constructed, Ginbata Airport (capable of handling 737 aircraft) is operating, the 2000 room Permanent Mine Accommodation Village and 1200 room Gateway Village in Port Hedland are both completed and the Corporate HQ & Remote Operations Centre is now operational. Rail track laying has been completed in excess of 200kms, structural steel works have commenced for the Mine Processing Plant and Port Stockyards, piling for the South West Creek Wharf has been completed and the first deck modules have been installed.

Applying knowledge from previous mining ventures and a spirit of innovation, Roy Hill with its partners is poised to become a major independent international player in the provision of premium lump and fines iron ore products to the world market.