Developmental Proposal: Pilbara Iron Ore Project – Case Study Example

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The paper "Developmental Proposal: Pilbara Iron Ore Project" is a good example of a case study on science.   The major development plan for this paper is the Pilbara iron ore project (PIOP), referred to as the Nammuldi mine (Validakis, 2013). The project is based in Western Australia in the Pilbara region. It is near Tom Price town with a 60 km location difference in the northwest part. Within the Pilbara Iron, core projects are Blacksmith and Anvil Apartment blocks. Blacksmith apartments block accommodates deposits of the cornerstone delta which are meant for the production of flinders’ maiden.

This is located among a number of proposed developments among which others are ongoing. Rio Tinto’ s Caliwingina iron ore resource is located on the northern part of the project while FMG’ s Solomon iron ore hub is located in the eastern region. Another project was recently approved providing a western part location from the project location. This is the West Pilbara iron ore project approved by the Australian Premium Iron (API). Finally, Rio Tinto’ s Brockman 2 operation covers the southern part. From the blacksmith block, Anvil block is located on the Southwest, 10km away.

The project requires operational finances in terms of capital expenditure that is estimated by Flinders to be around 1.1 billion dollars. Pilbara Iron Ore Project: Pilbara Region of Western Australia In terms of the size of the project, PIOP consists of mineral resources covering an estimated area of about 917.3 with about 55% of iron. This is based on a cutoff grade of 50% of the minerals in accordance with JORC code provisions. Brockman iron deposit (BID) covers an area of about 190.5 meters with 56.3% of iron.

There are also 545.5 meters of Detrital iron deposit (DID) with 55.2% of iron and 181.3 meters covering of channel iron deposit (CID) at iron content of 54.0% (Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG), 2000). ). PIOP mineral resource (Project size) Cutoff at 50% Mt Fe % SiO2 % AI203 % P % LOI % Measured 101.0 56.4 10.5 5.1 0.054 2.8 Indicated 343.7 55.5 8.9 4.5 0.083 6.2 Inferred 472.6 54.7 10.2 5.0 0.067 5.7 Total 917.3 55.2 9.7 4.8 0.072 5.6 History of land development Nature and extent of urban /rural land development since the settlement According to facts of archaeological findings, there have been settlements in Pilbara for about 30000 years. The settlers comprised of thirty distinct languages who managed the natural resources.

Management of the natural resources and land in the early years was governed by strong spiritual relationships of people with the land. Europeans started to settle in the region in the 1860s where reports were published about the Northwest region of ample grounds for grazing. This led to an inflow of more Europeans bringing with them livestock and other supplies to De Gray River that were used to set up sheep stations in the region. Pastoralism was also another activity that took place in the historic Pilbara land (Flinders Mines Ltd, 2011). Nine new towns were developed as a result of the expansion in export activities.

This included Newman, Tom's Price, South Hedland, Pannawonica, Dampier, Paraburdo, and Wickham. Shay Gap and Goldsworthy are among the nine towns established during that time but were later closed. The population increase was a major change in the Pilbara land other than economic expansion. The current Pilbara covers a 507,896 km2 of land from the coastline at the Northwest stretching to the Northern region. It is known for being rich in natural resources and therefore referred to as the powerhouse of the Australian Nation.

Being among the largest regions in Western Australia, Pilbara has been in existence for over 3.4 billion years. Current settlers practice alfresco activities such as fishing, camping, and boating. Other than the rural and urban divisions of Pilbara, there is the coastal plain, arid desert areas which stretch to the dry areas of Australia. Pilbara also consists of inland ranges.


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