The company said iron ore was loaded from the company’s Hunter Siding, near Cloudbreak, to Fortescue Herb Elliot port, marking the completion of the company’s first stage of wet commissioning of its new infrastructure.
“This is the first and vital step to commissioning the entire operation,” Mr Forrest said.
“It is a major step towards achieving first ore on ship (FOOS), production ramp up and overall project completion.”
He said the operational commencement of Fortescue’s rail and port was a milestone and signalled the opening up of one of the world’s richest mineral provinces.
“The rolling of Fortescue Metal Group’s first train load of iron out of the Pilbara and its automated unloading in the now commissioned new port, named the Fortescue Herb Elliot Port, has made Pilbara and Australian resources industry history,” the company said.
Fortescue said it still expected to ship its first cargo of iron ore in mid-May, once the commissioning of the port was complete.
The project is located in the Pilbara region of WA, about 260 kilometres south-east of Port Hedland.