- 50km purpose-built private all-weather haul road and rail siding – vicinity Yunta 5.
- Existing open access heavy freight network – 25t axle loads.
- Existing iron ore ports (i.e Whyalla) with capacity
Roads in the area are a combination of national highways, state arterial roads and local roads. The Barrier Highway is part of the national freight network and is located just 40 kilometres from Razorback. It carries approximately 1,000 vehicles per day of which approximately 20 percent are road trains carrying freight.
There is an “open access” rail line located 40 kilometres from Razorback. It consists of the standard gauge rail links between Broken Hill and Crystal Brook, on to Adelaide south of Crystal Brook and on to Port Augusta north of Crystal Brook.
These corridors form part of the Defined Interstate Rail Network (DIRN) and are owned and operated by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). ARTC is a statutory corporation owned by the Government of Australia. The rail line can carry 1,800 metre trains with 25 tonne axle loads and have an 80km/h speed limit.
The section between Broken Hill and Crystal Brook is currently estimated to have 12mtpa of available capacity for additional volumes.
The Whyalla port – which is owned by SIMEC Mining (a member of the global business bloc, GFG Alliance) – currently has excess available capacity and potential for further expansion – could provide an opportunity for the export of iron ore from Razorback.
Port Pirie’s existing port facilities are open access and are operated by Flinders Ports Pty Ltd who manage shipping, maintain port, channel, wharfs etc.
Port Pirie is effectively located on a river with the overall shipping channel into the port being approximately 9 nautical miles in length with a channel depth of 6.4 metres and 90m wide.
Currently approximately 100 handymax ships use the port each year. The cargo is predominately zinc and lead concentrates and also imported concentrates, coal and other products to the smelter in Port Pirie
Expansion on the western (developed) side of the port is limited due to the road/rail interactions through the city. A transhipping solution involving the use of the eastern side is an economically attractive and simple solution.
A new $250 million port facility is proposed to be built at Port Augusta.
CU-River Mining Australia is planning to transform a 1,068 hectare site into a new bulk commodity and transhipment port facility that will have an initial capacity of approximately 15Mtpa with the intention to increase capacity to 50Mtpa in the future.
The iron ore products will be loaded onto barges at the port and then sailed to deeper waters of the Spencer Gulf to be unloaded on to capesize vessels.
The project site is near a 5-kilometre rail balloon loop and unloading systems, which makes it an ideal location for a new port facility.