Anketell Strategic Industrial Area

A planned and connected development unlocking the potential of the West Pilbara region. 

The Anketell Project is planned to create a new multi-user Port and associated Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) in Western Australia.  For more information on the Pilbara region contact the Pilbara Development Commission.

The Anketell Port is intended for the export of iron ore (magnetite and hematite) from Pilbara mines with an ultimate throughput of 350 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) is the lead agency for the Anketell Project and LandCorp is planning the development of the Anketell SIA. The port is being planned by the Pilbara Port Authority and a number of private sector companies are currently considering feasibility options to develop it. 

A conceptual Design Plan for the Anketell Project was completed in March 2011 which identifies the Anketell SIA and includes two Heavy Industrial Areas and two General Industrial Areas.

The Anketell SIA is ideally located adjacent to major transport, infrastructure, residential workforces and town site amenities.

The process for land allocation in the SIA is set out in the Proponent Land Allocation Flowchart.  Proponents will be required to submit a Business Case to JTSI and LandCorp. 

Proponents interested in investing in the Anketell SIA should contact:

Simon Thomson
Project Officer
+61 8 9482 7571

More information on the Anketell SIA can be found below.

Anketell mud map
1. Location
2. Land Tenure
3. Planning
4. Sustainability
5. Environment
6. Services
7. Native Title
8. Aboriginal Heritage
9. European Heritage

1. Location

The Anketell SIA is located 30km east of Karratha, 10km west of Wickham and 9km northwest of Roebourne in Western Australia.

Karratha is located approximately 1,400km north of Perth. 

There are daily flights from Perth Airport to Karratha Airport (approximately 2 hours flight time). 

2. Land Tenure

The total Anketell Project area including the port, industrial areas, multi-user infrastructure corridors and buffers is 6,744ha.

The Anketell SIA is 1,250ha, including 1,000ha for heavy or strategic industrial use and 250ha for general industrial use.

The Anketell SIA is currently Crown land.

As the land in the SIA is required by proponents, land will be transferred to LandCorp in freehold ownership and leased to proponents.

3. Planning

The Anketell SIA is located within the City of Karratha

The City's Town Planning Scheme No.8 recognises the Anketell Project as the Cape Lambert Precinct with a core area zoned 'Strategic Industrial' and an 'Industry Buffer' special control area zoned 'Rural'.

To proceed with the detailed planning of the Anketell SIA, an Improvement Plan / Improvement Scheme is being prepared.

4. Sustainability

Sustainability principles will be considered during the preparation of the Improvement Plan / Improvement Scheme for the SIA.

5. Environment

LandCorp is currently conducting environmental studies to support the Improvement Plan / Improvement Scheme approach, including field surveys to determine flora and fauna significance and water management considerations. Once all studies are completed an Environmental Summary Report will be completed for the Improvement Plan/Improvement Scheme.

6. Services

The Anketell SIA is a remote site with no current services. It is likely that proponents will need to service their own sites or enter into arrangements with nearby service providers but this will be further investigated as a part of the Improvement Plan/Improvement Scheme process.

7. Native Title

The Anketell Project area is the subject of the Native Title determination FCA 536 which held that the Ngarluma People hold non-exclusive native title over the area.

The State and Ngarluma People have finalised an Indigenous Land Use Agreement for the future use of the Anketell SIA.

8. Aboriginal Heritage

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs Information Service records 72 sites across the wider Anketell Project, including a number of sites within the Heavy Industrial Areas.

A comprehensive Aboriginal heritage survey will be conducted across the SIA to help guide future development as part of the Improvement Plan/Improvement Scheme.

All ground disturbing activities within the Anketell SIA likely to disturb an Aboriginal heritage site will be subject to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA). 

9. European Heritage

There are no known European heritage sites in the Anketell SIA.