Nippon Steel Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. have announced that they have decided to invest to expand capacity at Cape Lambert by 70 million tons per year, along with the replacement of existing port facilities, which are jointly operated with Rio Tinto group in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
While Cape Lambert is currently under construction to increase its nameplate capacity from 80 million tons to 133 million tons per year, the Port Expansion will further increase its nameplate capacity to 203 million tons per year, the first ore shipment to be scheduled in the first half of calendar year 2015. The Expansion Project is subject to Robe JV partner approval.
The Robe River JV is also studying a mine expansion and is continuously enhancing the ability to supply iron ore to its customers.
Press Release, September 25, 2012; Image: killarnee