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Local jobs promised at BHP’s new Pilbara iron ore mine

BHP will adopt a strong local procurement and jobs focus with its $4.8 billion South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, says the mining giant’s Australian president Mike Henry.

Speaking to reporters yesterday after BHP’s board formally approved the project on Thursday night, Mr Henry said 85 per cent of South Flank’s construction budget would be spent in Australia and 90 per cent of that in WA.

The project is expected to create about 2500 jobs during construction and 600 ongoing roles during operations, although many of those will be filled by existing staff at the company’s Yandi mine, which is nearing the end of its economic life.

“We’re very focused on local procurement and jobs and creating opportunities for local businesses,” Mr Henry said.

BHP has held supplier meetings in Perth, Port Hedland and Newman where more than 550 local businesses have heard about opportunities to tender for work on South Flank. Read more…

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