Brockman Mining has signed a deal to use the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility at Port Hedland, Western Australia for its Project Maverick iron ore resource.
The Pilbara Port Authority signed both a Multi-Users Agreement (MUA) and a stockyard land lease agreement with Brockman to use the Utah Point facility.
Project Maverick is the first stage of the development of its Marillana iron ore deposit in the Pilbara.
The agreement will allow shipments of Project Maverick’s product to Utah Point which will then be transported onto ocean-going vessels.
Project Maverick is a small part of overal mineralisation at Marillana. It’s pit design involves mining around 83.8Mt of ore over 13 years.
The ore will be beneficiated to produce 35.7Mt of final product, with production capacity of 2.5-3 Mtpa.
The Marillana operation will have capacity of around 20Mtpa.
Brockman’s business development director Hendrianto Tee said the port access was an important step for both the Maverick Project and the large scale Marillana.
“It provides a key element of infrastructure certainty and a strong platform from which to advance other project milestones,” he said.
On top of securing port access, the company is in its final stages of negotiating road haulage agreements and choosing mining contractors.
Construction at Project Maverick is slated for the first quarter of 2017, with commissioning expected in the first quarter of 2018.