Derby Export Facility

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The Derby Export Facility in Derby, Western Australia has been proposed as a coal export port by Rey Resources.

The company is developing plans to export 2.5 million tonnes of coal a year from its Duchess/ Paradise Coal Project, which would be the first coal mine in Western Australia's Kimberley region. As of January 2015, the project appears to be on hold, awaiting environmental permits and an improvement in global coal markets.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Rey Resources
  • Annual Capacity (Tonnes): 2.5 million
  • Status: Proposed


In 2009 Rey Resources took over the lease on the Derby Export Facility, which had previously been used to export lead and zinc sulphide concentrate exports from mines east of Fitzroy Crossing. Rey Resources states that, with the approval of Department of Environment Conservation, it will remediate the site. The company is proposing to transport coal by truck approximately 140 kilometres to the Derby Export Facility, where it would be deposited into a 70,000 tonne stockpile, sent via a conveyor to a barge loader and then to barges capable of carrying 8,500 tonnes each. The company then proposes that the barges be towed approximately 12 nautical miles to an existing vessel mooring point in King Sound. The company proposes that a 55,000 tonne vessel could be loaded in two days.[1]

As of January 2015, the Rey Resources website states that "the Duchess Paradise Project is in the advanced stages of environmental assessment at the level of Public Environmental Review (PER). During a challenging period in coal markets Rey intends to continue the processes of securing Project environmental approvals."[2] The website includes links to several documents from the environmental review process, dated between 2010 and 2013.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. Rey Resources, Duchess Paradise Project: Environmental Referral: Supporting Documentation, June 9, 2011, pages 46-47. (Pdf)
  2. "Coal", Rey Resources website, accessed January 2015. (Pdf)
  3. "Public Environmental Review", Rey Resources website, accessed January 2015. (Pdf)

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