Fortescue finishes Pilbara port expansion

Iron ore powerhouse Fortescue Metals Group has boosted its export capacity to 155 million tonnes a year with the completion of its Pilbara port expansion project.

The $2.4 billion development is critical to the company’s growth plans, and is expected to triple FMG’s production capacity across its operations, the ABC reports.

Construction of its fourth berth at Herb Elliot port in Port Hedland is now finished.

In May the company officially opened its Firetail iron ore mine, with the final stage of its Solomon Hub, the Kings mine is due to come online later this year.

The Solomon Hub will produce around 60 million tonnes per annum, with "Firetail producing 20 million tonnes per annum, while the second stage of the development, the Kings Mine, will produce another 40 million tonnes per annum," FMG chief executive Nev Power said.

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