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Mining Companies – Atlas Iron

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Mining companies - AtlasAtlas Iron, the fourth-largest iron ore producer in Australia, is one of many smaller mining companies battling to get a foothold in the iron ore market in this country, reports the ABC`s resources reporter Sue Lannin.

The iron ore market is dominated by larger Australian mining companies Rio Tinto, BHP and Fortescue Metals, who have the port and railway infrastructure required and who are playing hardball with smaller mining companies.

Smaller iron ore mining companies like Atlas Iron are seeking to expand its operations in the Pilbara area of north-west Western Australia and have been confronted with logistical issues when it comes to moving the ore from pit to port. Fortescue was in the same position as Atlas, with BHP and Rio refusing them access to their railway and ports and they had to spend billions to arrange their own ore transport.

Atlas Iron has grown rapidly and is now worth about $1 billion and is exporting 10 million tonnes of iron ore a year, but wants to step that up to nearly 50 Mtpa. They can`t do that without access to a railway line to transport the iron ore.

Atlas chief executive Ken Brinsden says using Fortescue’s railway in the Pilbara is the best option because FMG’s (Fortescue Metals Group) mines are near Atlas’s iron ore deposits in the Pilbara.

“It’s hard to look past a network that’s already on the ground working, and in fact is an amazing infrastructure solution for continued growth of FMG’s business, and it`s fair to say we have a healthy relationship with FMG,” he said.

Mr Brinsden won’t give much away on how negotiations are going between Atlas and other companies including Fortescue Metals Group.

“We think that we are well positioned, but out of respect for all the parties involved, we wouldn’t go into specifics,” he said.

Atlas is just one of many smaller mining companies that should be watched closely if a WA mining job is a priority for you.

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