Sherwin Iron is operating a project in NT`s Roper River region, 475 km south east of Darwin.
ABC reports the Sherwin Iron has been frantically extracting as much iron ore as it can in a bid to stockpile its ore at the East Arm Wharf in Darwin. The next phase is to load its inaugural 70,000 tonne shipment. The first of three loads has already left for China where testing and suitability processes will commence in three specifically chosen steel mills.
If the iron ore meets the requirements, Sherwin Iron will start full production in 2015.
The Northern Territory`s Minister for Mines and Energy, Willem Westra van Holthe, said the process of sending samples to China steel mills was not uncommon.
“We have allowed a bulk sample to come out (of this mine), because it’s simply that, a sample, it’s not full-blown mining and the relative disturbance to the ground is quite small,” he said.
Sherwin Iron made a statement indicating the Roper River region mine will be capable of exporting over 200 million tonnes in its expected 20-year life-cycle.
Westra van Holthe said the operation would prove a beneficial for the state.
“This project will see the employment of up to 300 people when it’s fully operational.”
“The Norther Territory Government is fully committed to doing whatever it can to see this project succeed and bring further NT jobs to the state.
The level of economic activity in the Roper region is encouraging in terms of jobs for locals and interstate people looking for NT jobs and the government is looking forward to seeing the long-term benefits the mine site will bring to the State as well as to the Roper region.”
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