Oakajee Port and Rail (project)

Status: Ongoing. Find out about the Oakajee port and rail development projects near Geraldton, which will serve iron-ore mining operations in the Mid West region of Western Australia.


The Oakajee port and rail project is now managed by the Department of State Development. Please refer to their website for status updates.

External Link Department of State Development

About the project

The Oakajee Port and Rail project is a strategic development to serve the projected future needs of the mining industry in the Mid West region. It has 2 components:

  • Deepwater port at Oakajee (20 km north of Geraldton)
  • Rail network connecting the mines to the port.
Oakajee development site

Oakajee Port and Rail Pty Ltd (OPR) is the private infrastructure provider responsible for development of the port and rail infrastructure. This includes providing most of the funds and obtaining all the necessary approvals.

State and Commonwealth governments will fund the common-use port infrastructure, including:

  • Breakwater 
  • Channel 
  • Turning basin
  • Navigation aids
  • Tug and boat pens
  • Port administration offices
  • Access roads.

The project has an anticipated cost of $4.37 billion.

The Department of Transport supports the Department of State Development by:

  • Leading the Port Infrastructure Group, which monitors the technical aspects of the port development to ensure that the design meets the State Government’s requirements. 
  • Developing a framework to assess proposed rail corridors and prescribe technical specifications for connectivity with the wider freight transport system.

The 570 km rail network will be coordinated by the Public Transport Authority.

When completed, the port will operate by the Geraldton Port Authority.

Please contact us for more information.

External Link Geraldton Port Authority
External Link Oakajee Port and Rail Pty Ltd (OPR)
External Link Public Transport Authority (PTA): Oakajee Port and Rail

History of the project

Mining operations at iron ore deposits several hundred kilometres to the north-east and south-east of Geraldton required that a new port be constructed to support the existing Port of Geraldton. It was determined that Oakajee was the best location to develop the required infrastructure.

Iron ore deposits will be exported from Oakajee

The Department of Transport’s predecessor the Department for Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) sent out a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a private infrastructure provider to develop the new port.

On 1 January 2009, the Department of State Development (DSD) took over responsibility for the Oakajee project. A State Development Agreement was signed with Oakajee Port and Rail Pty Ltd (OPR) in March 2009, and a detailed Implementation Agreement is currently being developed between DSD and OPR.

OPR finalised its bankable feasibility study in December 2010 and achieved financial close.

For more information, please download our frequently asked questions fact sheet below. A strategic rail network study report and several maps are also available for download.

MAC-IS-Project_OakajeeFAQs.pdf icon Kb
MAC-R-OakajeeRailNetwork.pdf icon Kb
MAC-M-Oakajee-PortsRail.pdf icon Kb
MAC-M-Oakajee-Hinterland.pdf icon Kb
MAC-M-Oakajee-GeraldtonRegion.pdf icon Kb

Related links

Mid West Development Commission

The Mid West Development Commission is a Western Australian Government body that encourages sustainable development in the Mid West region.

Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance

The Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance was formed by mining companies in the Geraldton area to promote the development of a viable and successful iron ore industry in the region.

Mining companies in the Geraldton area

The following companies have iron-ore mining operations that will be served by the Oakajee port and rail network when completed:

  • Gindalbie Metals Ltd
  • Murchison Metals Ltd
  • Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Ltd
External Link Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance
External Link Gindalbie Metals Ltd
External Link Mid West Development Commission
External Link Murchison Metals Ltd
External Link Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Ltd


Page last updated: Thu Jan 30 2014 11:00:59 AM