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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 362 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 April 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon M. McGowan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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362. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade:

I note that in the answer to question without notice 345 given by the minister on Tuesday, 9 April 2019, the minister responded to part (4) in the affirmative.

(1) Will the minister provide the full details of any and all assertions by BBI Group or Todd Minerals about the capacity of the BBI rail project to carry iron ore from Flinders Mines?

(2) Will the minister table any and all documents available to the minister about the capacity of the BBI rail project to carry iron ore from Flinders Mines?


I thank the member for the question. The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation advises the following.

(1) The basis of the rail state agreement negotiated between the state and BBI Rail Aus Pty Ltd, Todd Petroleum Mining Company Ltd, Todd Offshore Ltd and Todd Minerals Ltd, and ratified by this Parliament on 5 December 2017, was detailed in the second reading speech —

The BBI railway will consist of 160 kilometres of standard-gauge heavy haulage railway connecting Balla Balla port with the railhead stockyard and into the central Pilbara region. The ore to be carried by the rail will be underpinned by the project having secured binding agreements with the proponent or proponents of the PIOP. The agreement for the carriage of ore will be for not less than 20 years and not less than 25 million tonnes per annum from the PIOP and must be in place at the time the BBI group submit proposals to the minister for approval. Subsequent to the initial proposals being approved, and with the minister's approval, the proponents may seek to expand the project through the construction of additional rail spur lines for the carriage of additional tonnages of ore.

(2) The capacity of the rail project to carry ore from the Pilbara iron ore project area will be demonstrated at the time that the proponents submit proposals, demonstrating their readiness to commence works and consistent with their obligations as detailed in part (1).