Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

    Premier turns sod on BHP $4.88 billion South Flank Project

    25/07/2018 11:05 AM
    • Premier turns the sod on BHP's $4.88 billion South Flank Project in the Pilbara
    • State Government approves State Agreement proposal for BHP to start construction
    • Billion-dollar project to create more than 3,000 jobs for Western Australians
    • Premier continues to work on more local content and job creation with BHP 

    Premier Mark McGowan today visited BHP's South Flank Project in the Pilbara, to turn the sod on the $4.88 billion project.


    The State Government has approved the proposal under the State Agreement for the South Flank Project, enabling BHP and its joint venture partners to commence major construction.


    Development of the South Flank mine in the Pilbara is expected to create more than 3,000 Western Australian jobs.


    The company will invest $4.88 billion (US$3.6 billion) in Western Australia to develop an 80 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) mine at South Flank to replace production from the Yandi mine.


    It will be the single largest annual production iron ore mine that BHP has ever developed.


    The project will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs for Western Australians, with about 2,500 jobs during peak construction, as well as more than 600 new operational roles.


    WA has a skilled workforce and a large array of suppliers of various goods and services, both in the Pilbara and across the State, who can contribute to this important project.


    The McGowan Labor Government is committed to creating and securing jobs for Western Australians and will continue to work with BHP to maximise opportunities for more local content and local businesses. 


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "My government's priority is to create jobs for all Western Australians.


    "This project is a positive injection into Western Australia in terms of improving business confidence and benefiting the State's economy.


    "BHP's decision, with its joint venture partners, to go ahead with the South Flank Project is testimony that Western Australia is a secure and attractive place to invest."


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