Shipping industry baulks at extra fees at Port Hedland for iron ore – Australia’s most important export

Original article by Karen Michelmore
abc.net.au – Page: Online : 12-Jan-21

The Pilbara Ports Authority will introduce a $13,450 levy on all large iron ore shipments from Port Hedland, beginning on 1 March. The Western Australian government will use the levy to finance a buyback of up to 400 dust-affected homes in Port Hedland. The levy has been criticised by Shipping Australia CEO Melwyn Noronha, who says it is inappropriate for ship operators to be required to pay to address the dust problem. Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan contends that similar levies have been used to recover costs in the past.

CORPORATES
PILBARA PORTS AUTHORITY, SHIPPING AUSTRALIA LIMITED, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF TRANSPORT

Fortescue rides iron ore boom

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 13 & 16 : 14-Jul-20

Data from Port Hedland shows that its iron ore export volumes rose to a record 51.8 million in June, and 281 million tonnes in the year to date. This is six per cent higher than the same period in 2019, and Glynn Lawcock of UBS says Fortescue Metals Group may exceed its guidance of 175 to 177 million tonnes for 2019-20. He adds that the strength of the iron ore price and high shipping volumes could see Fortescue announce a final dividend of $0.98 per share, compared with the consensus forecast of $0.80.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD

Iron ore exporters flag $21b tax boost from port

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 10-Jun-20

A report produced by ACIL Allen Consulting has assessed the economic contribution of the Port Hedland export hub. It estimates that the port and its supply chain injected some $54bn into the Western Australian economy in 2019 and supported one in every 12 jobs in the state. The report forecasts that iron ore production linked to Port Hedland will top 547.5 million tonnes in 2022-23, compared with 524.9 million tonnes in 2019-20. It also estimates that increasing shipments via Port Hedland would boost government revenue from taxes and royalties by $21bn over the next decade.

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ACIL ALLEN CONSULTING PTY LTD, PORT HEDLAND INDUSTRY COUNCIL, PILBARA PORTS AUTHORITY, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD

Price rises lift Port Hedland iron ore exports

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: Online : 9-Jun-20

Data from the Pilbara Ports Authority shows that iron ore shipments via Port Hedland rose by four per cent year-on-year in May, to 47.8 million tonnes. Australian iron ore producers benefited from a rally in the price of the steel input during May, amid a downturn in stockpiles at Chinese ports as steel mills resumed production. They will also benefit from a court-ordered closure of Vale’s Itabira mining hub due to a coronavirus outbreak. Vale has maintained its revised full-year production guidance of 310-330 million tonnes.

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PILBARA PORTS AUTHORITY, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD, ATLAS IRON LIMITED, MINERAL RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX MIN, VALE SA

FMG gives BHP nod at Port Hedland

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 4-May-20

BHP and Fortescue Metals Group are both seeking to increase their iron ore export capacity at Port Hedland, by 14 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines says Port Hedland would be able to cope with increased shipments, although she stresses that applying for extra capacity does not necessarily mean that the iron ore giants will increase production and export volumes. Gaines also expects demand for iron ore to remain strong in China, as the nation’s urbanisation program fuels continued growth in steel production.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Fortescue upbeat as cash rolls in

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 16 : 1-May-20

Fortescue Metals Group has advised that it ended March with a net cash position for the first time since it commenced iron ore exports in 2008. It had a net cash position of $US100m, compared with net debt of $US2.9bn previously. Fortescue’s production report for the March quarter also shows that its shipments rose by 10 per cent to 42.3 million tonnes during the period. It now expects total shipments of up to 177 million for 2019-20; its previous guidance was for export volumes of up to 175 million tonnes.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

BHP aims to lift Pilbara exports

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 29-Apr-20

BHP’s iron ore export capacity at Port Hedland is currently 290 million tonnes per annum, but the resources group will seek approval to lift this by up to 40 million tonnes. This could increase BHP’s revenue from its Pilbara operations by around $5bn a year, based on the current iron ore price of around $US80 per tonne. Hayden Bairstow of Macquarie says BHP could increase its Pilbara exports to 300mtpa without the need for ‘material’ capital expenditure. Fortescue Metals Group has also flagged plans to increase its Pilbara export volumes.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG

Flu or no, Fortescue eyes export record

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 31-Jan-20

Fortescue Metals Group’s iron ore shipments from the Pilbara topped 88.6 million tonnes in the first half of 2019-20. A similar performance in the second half would see the group beat its previous full-year record of 170.4 million tonnes. CEO Elizabeth Gaines says the pure-play miner has not yet received any requests from steelmakers in Hubei to delay shipments, despite the temporary closure of the province’s ports due to the coronavirus outbreak.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Rio Tinto could hit iron ore goal in 2022

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 1-Nov-19

The head of Rio Tinto’s iron ore division, Chris Salisbury, has told investors that production at its Koodaideri mine in Western Australia is slated for late 2021. He also said the mine will give Rio Tinto the capacity to ship 360 million tonnes of iron ore from the Pilbara each year. This target was first set in 2013, but to date the most Rio Tinto has shopped from the Pilbara in a single year is 338.2 million tonnes. Analysts expect its Pilbara shipments to total 325.5 million tonnes in 2019.

CORPORATES
RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, VUMA FINANCIAL LIMITED

Fortescue could benefit from Rio’s port blaze

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 19 : 15-Jan-19

Lower-grade iron ore is currently trading at a discount of about 27 per cent to the benchmark price, compared with 45 per cent a year ago. Peter O’Connor of Shaw & Partners says the discount may narrow further in the wake of a fire at the port of Cape Lambert in Western Australia. Rio Tinto ships about 30 million tonnes of lower-grade iron ore via Cape Lambert, and while it still assessing the damage, it has declared force majeure over shipments from the port. Fortescue Metals Group ships some 170 million tonnes of lower-grade iron ore each year.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED