Atlas Iron Close to Gaining Access to Pilbara Rail

Atlas Iron, an Australian iron ore producer, with a number of key projects located within 150 km of the port of Port Hedland in Western Australia is closing in on consolidating a deal which would allow it to use one of BHP Billiton's Pilbara railway lines.

It may prove to be a landmark deal as it would open up the option to other small miners as well.

The integrated transport solution that BHP Billiton was offering Atlas Iron would allow it to transport its coal from mines to Port Hedland. If the deal goes through it would see the BHP Billiton’s rail network system opening up to other companies for the first time since they were built.

The Pilbara miner owned rail networks have been built bit by bit by BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. Smaller mining companies have been trying to gain access to the railway network but with little success so far.

Now a BHP Billiton spokeswoman confirmed that if the deal goes through the integrated rail haulage and transport solution will optimise the use of existing infrastructure to maximise export capacity at Utah Point in Port Hedland.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel Scanlon

Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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