The Western Australian Government has announced the approval of Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert Port B works. The approval of the works comes after Rio Tinto outlined a massive multi-billion increase to its domestic iron ore operations.


“Investment on this scale in key port infrastructure is excellent news for the Pilbara and for Western Australia,” Premier Colin Barnett said.


“It underlines the increasingly significant role that expanded iron ore production and a dynamic Pilbara are having in shaping the economic and social future of our State.”


“Construction workers will be accommodated on site, and Rio’s more than $300million plan to expand the nearby Wickham township will provide housing for the operational workforce,” the Premier said.


“The three-year project, and the expanded residential workforce, will create many additional opportunities, both in the Pilbara and across WA for businesses and employment.


The Cape Lambert Port B project received environmental approval in 2010 and the Government approved the first phase of the project earlier this year.