Roy Hill is an iron ore mining project in the Chichester Range in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, located 110 kilometres (68 mi) north of Newman and 277 kilometres (172 mi) south of Port Hedland.
With indicated and inferred reserves of more than 2.4 billion tonnes, it is set to become one of the largest mining projects in Australia. Mining operations will produce about 65 million tones of iron ore per annum with an operating life of approximately 20 years.
The project will be a joint venture between Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting and POSCO, the world's third largest steel producer. POSCO will take a 15% stake.
Project work commenced in mid-2011 and includes major dredging work at South West Creek, within Port Hedland's inner harbour. Dredging will entail the removal of 7.5 million m3 of material to a depth of 6 metres (20 ft) below the low tide mark, and the construction of two new shipping berths: Stanley 1 and Stanley 2.
A new 342 kilometres (213 mi) 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) gauge railway from the minesite to Port Hedland will be built. The trains will be driverless. The rail system will deliver five 232-wagon train loads of 32,000 tonnes of ore each per day.
Capital costs to develop the project are estimated to be at least A$7 billion, and the first shipments from the mine are expected in 2014. A permanent village to house 1,500 people is under construction nearby.22°27′1″S 119°57′47″E / 22.45028°S 119.96306°E
Cattle station and homestead
Roy Hill homestead22°37′13″S 119°57′30″E / 22.62028°S 119.95833°E is located about 18 kilometres (11 mi) south of the proposed mine site.
Roy Hill Station was an important cattle station in the north-west, being on the Meekatharra-Nullagine Road and stock route. The station area is about 396,604 hectares (980,030 acres).
A nearby 69 metres (226 ft) bridge crossing the Fortescue River to service the cattle industry was constructed in the late 1920s.
The Indigenous inhabitants of the area are the Martu people. The Nyiyaparli language is spoken.
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