Ridley Magnetite Project

Closed 2 May 2023

Opened 24 Apr 2023


The Ridley Magnetite Project (the Proposal) is located approximately 57 km east of Port Hedland. The proposal is located within a 14,181 ha Development Envelope with an indicative disturbance footprint of 7,406 ha. The proposal is for the mining and processing of iron ore to produce 3 Million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of magnetite concentrate for export under Stage 1, with an increase to 16.5 Mtpa under Stage 2.  

The proposal includes a single pit (below water table), run-of-mine pad, concentrate stockpiles, laydown areas, waste dumps, desalination plant and pipelines, processing plant, power infrastructure, tailings storage facility and supporting infrastructure including groundwater bores, process water storage ponds/tanks, roads, accommodation camp, administration buildings and communications infrastructure, borrow pits, explosives magazine, fuel storage and landfill.  

A services corridor will run to the site from Port Hedland.  

Under Stage 1, ore concentrate will be transported by truck to Utah Point in Port Hedland. Under Stage 2, a slurry pipeline will transport product to Port Hedland and a 28 gigalitre per annum desalination plant and solar field will be constructed

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.


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