Iron Road to deliver Environmental Impact Statement
Iron Road has been given the go ahead by the State Government to prepare their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the supporting infrastructure necessary to enable the efficient development, operation and export accessibility of their Central Eyre mine.
The delivery of their EIS is the next step towards getting the multi-billion dollar (and potential largest South Australian) iron ore mine off the ground. The infrastructure for the project was first granted major development status in August 2013 and Iron Road had completed their feasibility study by February 2014.
An EIS is the most rigorous level of environmental investigation as it must fully investigate all potential impacts of a proposed activity on the natural and physical environment as well as the relationship of people with that environment.
The EIS will include examination of a 148km rail project, a deep-sea port and export facility at Cape Hardy (7km south of Port Neill on the eastern side of Eyre Peninsula), a 1.3km jetty and wharf, and an infrastructure corridor.
Iron Road expects to submit the EIS during the first quarter of 2015. Production is expected to begin in 2018, with the company aiming to export 21.5 million tonnes per annum of high grade iron concentrate once fully operational.