Cape Hardy - Deep-Sea Port

The proposal

The proposal by Iron Road Limited is for a multi-billion dollar deep-sea port development at Cape Hardy. The port and associated infrastructure, which includes a 150 kilometre rail line, would service significant iron ore deposits located near the town of Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula.

Download a summary of this development (PDF, 422 KB)

The proposed development has three interrelated components:

  • a deep sea water port, located about seven kilometres south of Port Neill, which would be capable of loading various bulk size carriers, including Capesize vessels, and exporting 30 million tonnes of iron ore and other products per year
  • a 150 kilometre infrastructure corridor, comprising a power transmission line, sea water supply pipeline and standard gauge rail line, to enable the transfer of products from the mine site to the port
  • a village to accommodate the longer term operational workforce for the mine - some 550 personnel - and related infrastructure, to be constructed in the township of Wudinna.

Assessment stages and documentation


Decision by Governor

May 2017

Government Gazette dated 3 May 2017, page 1146

Assessment Report by Minister

May 2017

Assessment Report (PDF, 2563 KB)

Iron Road Response Document

October 2016

Available at Central Eyre Iron Project website

Public comments on EIS

March 2016

Available at Central Eyre Iron Project website

Release of EIS for public Comment

19 November and 3 December 2015

Public Notice (PDF, 38 KB)

Release of assessment document by proponent for public comment  - 19 November 2015


Release of guidelines by Development Assessment Commission with level of assessment determined

13 November 2014


Public Notice 13 November 2014 (PDF, 34 KB)

Amendment to the declaration as major project

29 May 2014

Government Gazette dated 29 May 2014, page 2151

Declaration as major development

15 August 2013

Government Gazette dated 15 August 2013, page 3488