The first phase of expansion of the iron ore shipping port at the Robe River joint venture in Western Australia has been completed. This project is jointly operated by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (Representative Director, Chairman and CEO Shoji Muneoka) and Rio Tinto (Australia & UK), one of the world’s leading mineral resource companies. As a result, the annual shipment capacity of Cape Lambert Port will increase from 86MT to 139 MT (reach a full run-rate in the first half of 2014).
The second phase of the expansion of Cape Lambert Port is currently in progress with a target of completion in 2015. This is due to expand annual shipment capacity to 209MT. In combination with expansion of the port and other infrastructure, concurrent increases in supply from the Robe JV iron ore mines (the Robe Valley iron ore mine and the West Angelas iron ore mine) are being investigated, and will continue to contribute to improved supply capacity of iron ore in future.