South Flank mine construction underway
By Emanuel Gherardi on 10 August 2018
With the turning of the first sod on site this morning, work is now underway at BHP’s new $4.8 billion South Flank iron ore mine in the Pilbara.
During construction, though many of the job roles will be filled by existing staff, the project is expected to create about 2500 jobs and 600 ongoing roles during operations.
100km north-west of Newman and part of BHP’s Mining Area C hub, the South Flank project involves clearing 16,257ha of land for an open-cut mine, associated infrastructure, an overland conveyor, accommodation villages and a rail spur.
The project will replace the 80 million tonnes the company mines at Yandi each year, potentially boosting the average grade of ore mined across its Pilbara operations.
With the project expected to produce for more than 25 years, first ore is targeted for 2021.
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