Construction of Fortescue’s port, rail and mine project commenced in February 2006 with the turning of the first sod at the Company’s port site at Anderson Point in Port Hedland.
Three years later, the open-access rail infrastructure is complete, the Fortescue Herb Elliott Port is operational and mining operations at the Company’s first minesite, Cloudbreak, aree well underway.
Shipping started on 15 May of 2008 and Project Completion was achieved within months.
According to the Fortescue, Cloudbreak’s mining results during the September quarter continued the positive trend recorded in the June quarter with a 16% increase in ore mining volumes.
The team at Cloudbreak recently took delivery of the first of a series of upgraded surface miners and began commissioning of the machine which will deliver a significantly higher mining rate.
The new surface miner, the 4200, is already performing to expectations and its arrival onsite releases two surface miners to be used at the Christmas Creek minesite.