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BHP starts new iron ore mine in WA

Resources giant BHP last night pressed the button on a new $4.7 billion iron ore mine in the Pilbara which it says will employ 2500 people during construction and 600 when operational.

The announcement came as further evidence emerged that the WA jobs market is finally starting to stir, with the strongest growth in new positions in five years and signs more people are looking for work and taking on extra hours.

BHP’s $US3.6 billion South Flank project will operate for 25 years and will replace production from the 80 million-tonne-a-year Yandi mine, which is almost exhausted.

“The project will create around 2500 construction jobs, more than 600 ongoing operational roles and generate many opportunities for Western Australian suppliers,” the miner’s head of Minerals Australia, Mike Henry, said.

Major construction work is expected to start next month, depending on when State Government approval is granted.

New train-loading facilities, a crushing and screening plant and an overland conveyor system need to be built and the company is aiming to have first ore to market in 2021. Read more…

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