OPR gets green light for Oakajee Port

Oakajee Port and Rail (OPR) has been selected by the Government of Western Australia as the preferred proponent for the new multi-billion dollar Oakajee Port project in Western Australia's mid-west.

Oakajee Port and Rail (OPR) has been selected by the Government of Western Australia as the preferred proponent for the new multi-billion dollar Oakajee Port project in Western Australia’s mid-west.

OPR is a joint venture between Murchison Metals and Mitsubishi Development (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan).

OPR’s appointment follows an objective and rigorous evaluation process undertaken by the Western Australian Government.

OPR Chief Executive Officer Christopher Eves said the group was excited about the opportunity to build one of the State’s largest bulk commodity ports and unlock the potential of the mid-west region.

Under its development plan, OPR also proposes to build rail infrastructure to take bulk produce, mainly iron ore, to port for export.

“The growth of the iron ore industry in the mid-west has been constrained for many years by the lack of a deepwater port,” Eves said.

“The new Oakajee Port project will commence with export capacity of around 35 million tonnes of iron ore per year, with further rapid expansion planned as various mining operations and other users come online.”

The port project will include berths for use by commercial clients, as well as common use infrastructure such as a channel, turning basins and breakwaters.

Eves said OPR had appointed a world class multi-national consortium to underpin its bid and believed the technical and financial expertise and proven track record of the consortium members, coupled with a commitment to delivering the best outcome for the region, were key factors in securing the nomination.

“We believe our position as preferred proponent recognises our commitment to the region, the importance of an independent and open access infrastructure regime and capacity to deliver a quality service to all miners in the mid-west.”

Kim Pervan

Manager Community and Public Relations

0407 083 832

08 9483 0514

kpervan@crosslands.com.au

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