Is there any latest update on when Simandou will start pumping ores to furnaces?
Doug ImmelLevel 1
Is Simandou iron ore project on track?
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Simandou iron ore project is complicated and would take more time than what has been envisaged.
It is one of the world’s largest untapped high-grade iron ore sites more than two billion tonnes of iron ore resources.
The project has been surrounded by political and legal issues for more than a decade. Infrastructure to remain the major hurdle in developing the site and require substantial investment to develop 650 km railway line from the mine to the port. It is estimated that developing the deposit would require around $23 billion.
Recently, Guinea and Liberia signed a deal which would allow several mines in Guinea, to export through Liberia.
However, exporting through Liberia is not an option for the Simandou iron ore project.
Fortescue Metals Group recently applied to develop blocks 1 & 2 of the Simandou iron ore project. Simandou blocks 3 & 4 are owned by a joint venture of Rio Tinto, China Aluminium Corp (Chinalco) and the Guinean Government.