The South Australian government and Arrium Ltd. have agreed to work together to create a major multiuser port at Whyalla, South Australia. Arrium currently exports approximately 12.5 million mt/y of iron ore from its South Australian mines through its wholly owned port of Whyalla.

South Australia’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Arrium is a critical first step toward providing the Upper Spencer Gulf with a major multiuser port that would increase the attractiveness of investment in the region. The MoU followed a report by a government Resources Infrastructure Taskforce that identified Whyalla as one of three preferred options for a multiuser, bulk capacity port on the Upper Spencer Gulf.

“The MoU will help guide negotiations that will potentially lead to third-party access to current unused capacity at Arrium’s port of Whyalla, as well as capacity-expanding investment to support future development in the Upper Spencer Gulf,” Koutsantonis said.