TasPorts welcomes King Island Scheelite announcement

King Island port operator, the Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd (TasPorts), has welcomed King Island Scheelite Limited’s announcement last week confirming that the redevelopment of the Dolphin Tungsten Mine is proceeding following shareholder approval.


16 November 2021

TasPorts Chief Executive Officer Anthony Donald said the news heralded the dawn of a new era for the mine which was closed in 1992 and would provide an important contribution to the King Island economy and local community through the mining, production and export of tungsten to national and international markets.

“The Port of Grassy on King Island will play a critical role in the export of the product to market and I’m pleased to advise that the existing port infrastructure is fit-for-purpose and will easily accommodate King Island Scheelite’s projected export volumes of 3,200 tonnes of concentrate per annum,” Mr Donald said.

“This equates to about three containers per week based on a twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU), providing a welcome boost to existing port throughput.

“As part of last week’s announcement, there were calls for major investment into port infrastructure to facilitate the mine’s redevelopment and we welcome further discussions to understand the rationale for such an investment,” Mr Donald said.

“TasPorts is looking forward to working with the company as mining recommences and production ramps up, ensuring the Port of Grassy provides a critical trade gateway to national and international markets.”