Approval of the Anketell Point iron ore processing and export port project is subject to 45 strict environmental conditions.
The port has the capacity to create about 4,000 jobs during construction and will have an operational workforce of about 900. The development of Anketell Point Port will allow the processing and export of iron ore from API's previously approved West Pilbara iron ore project. The project approval will see API construct a 15km shipping channel, a 3km approach jetty causeway, a 1.1km jetty and associated shore based infrastructure, including stockyards, a desalination plant, conveyors, accommodation camps, a power plant and road and rail links.
"My decision comes after a rigorous environmental assessment, and the key measures imposed to mitigate against environmental impacts include six management plans, an ecosystem monitoring programme and an environment protection code of conduct for employees during construction of the port," said Burke. "Of particular importance is a dredge environmental management plan, which will put in place a dredge monitoring programme with water quality triggers and appropriate corrective actions.