The Chamber of Minerals and Energy says there is “not yet a clear pathway” for expansion of the Esperance Port and has forecast major rail demand from iron ore miners in the Goldfields-Esperance region.
The 2013 State Growth Outlook released on Tuesday predicts iron ore demand to increase from about 20 per cent of total rail demand to more than 40 per cent by 2030.
The chamber’s outlook expects growth to be concentrated on the interstate mainline east of Koolyanobbing and the line from Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Esperance, servicing the emerging Yilgarn province. Future growth on the Leonora to Esperance line will necessitate capacity upgrades, the report said.
“Bulk mineral export facilities are operating at capacity,” the chamber said.
“There is not yet a clear pathway to delivering new port facilities at Anketell, Oakajee and Esperance. These developments are required to facilitate resource developments in the Pilbara, Yilgarn and Mid-West.
“While there is capacity to increase vessel movements at WA’s bulk ports, at present bulk export terminals are fully utilised. Additional capacity is required. While some projects are underway, others, particularly for multiple users, have yet to clearly identify detailed plans for funding and approval.”