The Proposal is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. CITIC Pacific Mining Pty Ltd on behalf of Sino Iron Pty Ltd and Korean Steel Pty Ltd is proposing to increase the rate of groundwater abstraction from the mine pits and discharge to the lower Fortescue River and estuary from 12 to 21 GLpa, which is an increase of 9 GLpa.
The proposal is located within an area of existing pastoral, mining, and recreational use. The maximum rate of discharge will remain the same (667L/sec). The period of discharge will increase from 13.7 hr/day to up to 24 hr/day.