Western Plains Resources yesterday called for tenders to develop its Peculiar Knob direct shipping iron ore mine, located to the south of Coober Pedy, South Australia.
The company is currently looking for proposals from logistics operators, including rail haulage and transhipment operations.
The company hopes to begin exporting at least two million tonnes of iron ore per annum by the second half of 2011.
The miner will finalise the exact tonnage, once it has chosen which export port will be most suitable.
Western Plains and Flinders Ports have an agreement to study which out of Port Adelaide or Port Pirie will be most appropriate for export.
The companies will then negotiate access agreements.
According to the company, it will shortly also begin the tender process for mining contractors, road haulage providers, crusher operators and construction contractors.
Western Plains intends to commit to project development during the latter half of this year.