Port Pirie is a high-class mining port, according to Port Pirie Mayor Brenton Vanstone.
Mr Vanstone met with mining magnates is Sydney, where he conducted a keynote speech to over 300 people.
The $514 million smelter transformation is likely to have a positive effect on a port expansion.
Last month it was announced, a study will be conducted in the city to determine the best option for iron ore export.
A Brisbane company will be running the four month study, where 12 million tonnes of Iron ore will go via Port Pirie.