Oakajee Port and Rail, the company with the right to develop the Oakajee deepwater port north of Geraldton, has commenced a reduction in head office staffing with PR chief Rob Newton and general manager government and community relations Kim Pervan set to finish their roles at the end of February.
OPR, owned 100 per cent by Mitsubishi Development, announced in December it would be cutting back costs following the effective shelving of the $6.5 billion project.
The removal of the high profile executives follows the departure of several other staff from Perth and Geraldton.
Oakajee, a pet project of Premier Colin Barnett, needs at least 35Mtpa of magnetite exports from the Mid West to be a viable proposition.
However, the only Mid West mine exporting magnetite is Karara, which is exporting through the existing Geraldton Port.Full story in today's print edition.
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