Ashburton Infrastructure Project

Closed 9 Dec 2021

Opened 3 Dec 2021


The Proposal is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia within a development envelope of 20,821 ha and clearing no more than 1,564 ha.

Onslow Iron Pty Ltd (herein MRL a wholly owned subsidiary of Mineral Resources Limited) is proposing to develop:

• A fully sealed private haul road, approximately 125km in length

• Gas pipeline and ancillary haul road infrastructure.

• Storage and bulk handling of ore at the Port of Ashburton.

• Dredging a dedicated berthing pocket adjacent to the existing Material Offloading Facility and offshore disposal of dredge spoil to existing spoil disposal areas.

• A modular jetty wharf and ship loader.

• Use of five offshore anchorage areas for transhipment of ore to Ocean Going Vessels and

• Ancillary landside infrastructure.

Within the port; landside and marine facilities will be developed to support export of up to 40 million tonnes of ore per annum (Mtpa) over a minimum 30-year period. The proposal is located within an area of existing pastoral, mining, and industrial use.

Why your views matter

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

What happens next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The EPA's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


  • All of Western Australia


  • Public


  • Seven-day comment on referrals