- BHP announces first production of ore at South Flank today
- Pilbara operations are the largest operating iron ore hub in the world
- More than 9,000 direct and indirect jobs created during construction and more than 600 operational roles expected
Premier Mark McGowan today welcomed the announcement by BHP that the first ore has been produced at the $4.7 billion (US$3.6 billion) South Flank project.
The recently completed South Flank mine adds to BHP's existing mining operations in the Pilbara to create the largest operating iron ore hub in the world.
The South Flank project included an 80 million tonnes per annum crushing and screening plant, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, procurement of a new mining fleet and substantial mine development and pre-strip work.
The project created more than 9,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and will provide more than 600 operational roles through its life.
South Flank's workforce is diverse and highly skilled, with 40 per cent female and 15 per cent Indigenous operational staff.
More than $4.6 billion of works have been awarded on South Flank with 41 per cent awarded to Western Australian businesses, including 37 per cent committed to businesses in the Pilbara region.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"South Flank is an example of my Government's commitment to working with industry to take advantage of the international market and business development trends to create Western Australian jobs and support local business.
"I've seen this project through from its inception, from turning the sod on site with BHP and Banjima Traditional Owners in 2018 to its completion and now first production of ore.
"I congratulate BHP on reaching this important milestone and look forward to this project continuing to provide jobs for Western Australians and delivering considerable economic benefit for our State.
"It proves Western Australia is a secure and attractive place to invest."
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