Fortescue celebrates first ore through second train unloader

In an upturn for the embattled miner, Fortescue has celebrated its first ore through its new second train unloader in Port Hedland.

According to the company the "train unloader is a key component of Fortescue's expansion of Herb Elliot Port, which will support an increase in tonnes from the Clouod Break and Christmas Creek iron ore mines, and the new Solomon mine currently under construction.

"It's a major milestone that will match Fortescue's train unloading capacity with the existing shiploading capacity."
The commissioning of this unloader expands its iron ore capacity to 115 million tonnes per annum.

It comes as the miner sees an upswing in its fortunes after watching its share price drop more than 14% in a single day.

Despite the job cuts and shelving of expansion in the Pilbara Fortescue CEO Nev Power stated that this latest development demonstrates its commitment to the region.

"We're commissioning the second train unloader and in only a few weeks our new ore processing facility at Christmas Creek comes online to deliver a combined capacity of 95 million tonnes per annum at the Cloud Break and Christmas Creek mines".

The expansion of Christmas Creek combined with the development of the Firetail deposit at Solomon, as well as port and rail projects, is expected to expand Fortescue's production capacity to 115mtpa by March next year.

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