Pipeline in the works

Phosphate Australia is investigating the construction of a pipeline to transport phosphate.

Phosphate Australia is considering the construction of $226 million steel pipeline to aid the development of its Highland Plains project.

The pipeline is being considered as one of a number of potential options for its Highland Plains phosphate project located on the border between Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Phosphate Australia announced it is looking at three possible routes for the pipeline to store and transport the phosphate slurry, either via the Tully Inlet or Burketown in Queensland, or via the Calvert River in the Northern Territory.

Phosphate Australia managing director Andrew James said that the option for the slurry pipeline came about as a result of groundwater pump testing at the phosphate project last year.

Current forecasts put the capital costs of the pipeline between $184 million to $226 million.

The Highland Plains project has an inferred resource of 56 million tonnes of ore at 16% phosphate.

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