The 2015 business case proposed to develop a deep-water port at Cape Hardy, and a 148 km heavy-haul, standard gauge rail connection between the mine and the port. The proposed infrastructure would be available for other users (‘open access’), including grain exporters and other miners in the region. The new rail line could potentially be connected to the National Rail Network.
Infrastructure Australia recommended the business case as a Priority Project, subject to the mine development proceeding.
The project is supported by the South Australian Government. In December 2019, the Australian Government committed $25 million towards developing and constructing the first stage of the Cape Hardy port.
The Australian Government notes the Cape Hardy project will bring together agriculture, mining, renewable hydrogen, green manufacturing and First Nations business into a multi-user, multi-commodity manufacturing and export hub in South Australia.