Iron ore miner Atlas Iron is on the verge of gaining access to BHP’s rail infrastructure.
Atlas is currently in negotiations with the miner regarding access to its Goldsworthy line, to and from Atlas’ existing Newman line.
This move is seen as a positive for the smaller mid tier and junior miners in the Pilbara, who have previously approached BHP to obtain access to their rail infrastructure.
West Australian premier Colin Barnett believes this is a massive step forward for the Pilbara region.
"Now we’re not there yet but for the first time in 50 years, the infrastructure in the Pilbara has been opened up to juniors and will allow the industry to modernise,” he said.
Access to rail infrastructure has been a contentious issue for juniors, particularly in the State’s Mid-West region.