Major Development status granted for Cape Hardy Deep Sea Port



The proposed multi-billion dollar deep sea port development at Cape Hardy by Iron Road Limited has been declared a Major Development.

The deep sea port and associated infrastructure, which includes a 150 kilometre rail line, would service significant iron ore deposits located over land south of Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula.

Minister for Planning John Rau said the declaration of the project is recognition of the major environmental, social and economic importance to the State.

"The Major Development process allows a wide and in depth consideration of the implications of proposals, including public consultation," Mr Rau said.

"It is the most extensive development assessment process in South Australia and is recognised by the Commonwealth under its environmental protection and biodiversity conservation law."

The proposed development at Cape Hardy comprises three interrelated components, including:

  • A deep sea water port, which is located some 7 kilometres south of Port Neill. The port, able to load various bulk size carriers including Capesize vessels, would be capable of exporting 30 Million tonnes of iron ore, or other products, per annum.
  • A 150 kilometre long infrastructure corridor, comprising a power transmission line, sea water supply pipeline and standard gauge rail line, to enable the transfer of product from the mine site to the port.
  • A workers accommodation village, designed to accommodate the longer term operational workforce for the mine and infrastructure components and capable of accommodating some 550 personnel, to be constructed within the township of Wudinna.

Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis said the proposed development would be a catalyst for other mining aspirants who collectively have the capacity to provide a transformational shift in mining exploration and extraction.

"This project will inspire others to explore mining possibilities within the Eyre Peninsula, creating the potential for much broader economic benefits," Mr Koutsantonis said.

"In addition to the 1,000 people required for the mine's construction, this proposed development will also require a construction workforce of some 600 people and an operational workforce of around 100.

"The capital spend and provision of direct employment opportunities would provide a solid basis for supporting jobs growth in the region."

Further information about this or other Major Development applications can be accessed from