BHP has announced that is has achieved first ore at its US$3.6 billion South Flank mine in the central Pilbara, Western Australia.
South Flank is an 80 million tpy sustaining mine, and will be the most technically advanced high-quality iron ore mine in Western Australia. Together with the existing Mining Area C, it will form the largest operating iron ore hub in the world – producing 145 million tpy of iron ore.
Edgar Basto, BHP President Minerals Australia, said:
“South Flank is Australia’s largest new iron ore mine in over 50 years and has been delivered safely on time and on budget. South Flank’s high-quality ore will increase WAIO’s average iron ore grade from 61 to 62%, and the overall proportion of lump from 25 to 30 – 33%.
“The project has created more than 9000 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and will provide more than 600 operational roles through its life.
“South Flank’s ore will supply global steel markets for the next 25 years, helping to build electricity, transport, and urban infrastructure across the globe. And its high-quality ore will have an important role in helping BHP’s customers lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
“South Flank is on Banjima country, and this milestone would not have been possible without their support and collaboration over many years. We are proud of our longstanding partnership and strong working relationship with the Banjima people, and we thank them for their vital contribution to this success.
“First ore from South Flank is the result of the hard work and ingenuity of thousands of people and organisations spanning state and federal governments, our suppliers, customers, and partners in WA and around the world.”
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