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Western Australia on the brink of new mining boom

Experts say WA is on the brink of another mining boom with new projects and tens of thousands of jobs to be created in the next year.

FMG, Rio Tinto and BHP are set to invest billions of dollars to recruiters struggling already to keep up with demand for workers.

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy predicts 20,000 local jobs to be created next financial year, and the Pilbara will be the hot spot.

FMG is investing $1.7-billion on its new Eliwana mine and rail project that will create up to 1900 construction jobs.

BHP is close to hitting the start button on its $3-billion South Flank projects, while Rio Tinto is soon to announce its decision on the $2.2 billion Koodaideri development that will create 1600 construction jobs.

WA’s LNG exports are set to increase by around 70 percent by 2020 to almost 50-million tonnes.

This will account for nearly 10 to 15 percent of expected global production. Read more…

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