Nicolaou., J, Buckland., R & Hammond., J. (2017) An Economic Study of Port Hedland Port, ACIL Allen Consulting.


The Port of Port Hedland (‘the Port’) is one of Australia’s most important pieces of economic infrastructure. In 2016-17, the Port facilitated some 500.9 million tonnes (MT) of trade, the vast majority of which (494.6 MT) was iron ore produced by companies operating in the Pilbara region. This trade volume makes the Port the largest bulk export terminal in the world.port-hedland-port-economic-study-final-report_2017

ACIL Allen has been engaged on behalf of the Port Hedland Industries Council (PHIC) to conduct an economic study on the Port of Port Hedland, in order to understand: — the value of the Port of Port Hedland and the trade through the Port to the Pilbara, Western Australian and Australian economies; and — the potential economic and social costs that would result if approvals for further expansions of the Port were not granted, and total iron ore exports remained unchanged over the next ten years.

Economic Contribution of Port of Port Hedland

In order to estimate the economic value of the Port, ACIL Allen has combined the income, expenditure and employment of the Port of Port Hedland and associated entities that utilise the Port for trade into a single group called the Port Hedland Port Supply Chain. This allowed ACIL Allen to present the results of this study as a single contribution/impact, and importantly protect the confidentiality of information provided by the Port and its users.

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