Balla Balla Infrastructure project approved by WA government - iMINCO Mining Training Information

Balla Balla Infrastructure project approved by WA government

Pilbara Iron Ore Project (PIOP). A 160 km rail and 40km conveyor system approved

The proposed 25-million-tonne-a-year Pilbara Iron Ore Project in Western Australia, has been given the official stamp of approval by WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob. The BBI Project involves the building of a new trans-shipping operation at Ball Balla Harbour ““ between Port Hedland and Cape Lambert on WA`s north west coast; as well as the construction of a 160 kilometre railway line and a 40 kilometre conveyor system, which will connect to the Pilbara Iron Ore Project (PIOP).

This is being developed by Flinders Mines, with the proposed Balla Balla Infrastructure (BBI) port, also in the iron-ore-rich WA Pilbara region.

Under the approval, Rutila Resources will construct and operate the conveyor system and railway line which will also connect to the port. This piece of infrastructure is absolutely critical to take the dream of developing the mine one step closer.


The WA Balla Balla Infrastructure port, currently being developed in a JV with Todd Minerals, was originally granted WA Ministerial approval in August 2013. In January this year, it was upgraded to allow Rutila to export ore from other supplies via the proposed logistics facilities. New Zealand-based Todd, made a takeover offer for Rutila Resources and recently entered into a A$65-million deal with Flinders to gain ownership of the proposed 25 MTPA Pilbara Iron Ore Project

The Balla Balla Infrastructure port will also be well utilised by Rutila`s Balla Balla magnetite/vanadium/titanium project.

Other contractors have been active on the project also. AECOM is currently progressing rail development plans for the Project. Coffey International is conducting geotechnical and hydrological field studies relating to the rail and port development, while BAM Clough is conducting research for the jetty design at Balla Balla.

WorleyParsons is concluding a feasibility study for Flinders Mines at the Pilbara Iron Ore Project.

Information for job seekers

This project is significant and once again is proof that despite the sliding price of iron ore, there are still mining operations that defy the image of iron ore mining as portrayed in the media.

The Rutila website has plenty of good information about the Balla Balla Infrastructure port project. Go to the website:

With construction work to begin on the 160km rail line and massive 40km conveyor system, now is a good time to apply for jobs with the junior miner.

Go to the Australian Stock Exchange and search for Rutila Resources… they have information that is essential for job seekers.

Contractors to the Pilbara Iron Ore Project & the Balla Balla Infrastructure port project.

Always a great source of information on mining jobs, iMINCO recommends the following companies be researched. These companies are a rich source of job leads for this and other projects currently under development. Two of the companies engaged on these projects, AECON and WorleyParsons are also working with Indian company Adani, on their proposed Galilee Basin, Carmichael mine development in Queensland. These companies have a global reach and therefore will be a good target for jobs research. Go to their websites and find out more information.

Also visit;

  • Coffey International – geotechnical service providers
  • BAM Clough – construction and infrastructure development

For more detailed information on these projects and the many more in development, get your copy of iMINCO Project News. It’s packed with mining a resource sector jobs and information to help you find the right WA mining jobs that suit your skills, experience and qualifications.


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