Fortescue Metals Group has marked a significant milestone for its Pilbara operations, exporting over 1.5 billion tonnes of iron ore since it was first established in 2003.
This latest milestone comes less than three years after the company celebrated shipping its billionth tonne from Herb Elliott Port in Port Hedland.
The celebration coincided with a visit by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Fortescue’s Christmas Creek operations, hosted by Fortescue Founder and Chairman Dr Andrew Forrest.
“From the start, Fortescue’s journey has been to unlock the potential of the Pilbara and build Australia’s economy through the export of iron ore to the developing world,” Dr Forrest said.
“Today, Fortescue is drawing on the talent and expertise of the entire Fortescue family as we build on our capability as a world class resources company, rapidly evolving into a green hydrogen and energy producer to drive the global transition away from fossil fuels.
“It is with great pride that we welcomed the Prime Minister to our Pilbara operations in his first visit to the Pilbara region of Western Australia to demonstrate how Fortescue is leading the charge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, positioning us as a global leader in addressing the climate change challenge.”
Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gaines said the company’s first shipment of iron ore departed Port Hedland in 2008 for Shanghai Baosteel’s Majishan Port.
“Since our first shipment in 2008, Fortescue has now exported over 1.5 billion tonnes to our customers in China and other markets,” she continued.
“I would like to thank the entire Fortescue team, including our contractors and suppliers, for their hard work, commitment and contribution to our record performance in the past year and the achievement of this significant milestone.”