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Flinders Mines says a newly minted agreement to access a proposed rail and port system in the Pilbara will help progress its iron ore project near Tom Price.
Flinders will use Balla Balla joint venture's planned network to ship its ore by 2017.
The move follows failed negotiations to access existing rail lines owned by BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group.
Despite an understanding with fellow mid-tier miner Brockman Mining to collaborate on transport solutions, Flinders' executive director Robert Kennedy, says he has not spoken to Brockman about this deal.
He says the alternative option is viable.
"The ideal situation would be to use an existing rail but there was no opportunity for us to utilise those rails so we had to find another solution," he said.
"We don't have to have the huge port costs that are up there at Port Hedland....and with the railway....most of it is on flat land so that's cheaper."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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