BHP delivers ore from 'Australia’s largest new iron ore mine in over 50 years'
BHP said today that it achieved first ore at its $3.6 billion South Flank mine in the central Pilbara, Western Australia.
BHP said that its South Flank is an 80 Mtpa sustaining mine, and will be the most technically advanced high quality iron ore mine in Western Australia.
BHP President Minerals Australia, Edgar Basto, said: “South Flank is Australia’s largest new iron ore mine in over 50 years and has been delivered safely on time and on budget. South Flank’s high quality ore will increase WAIO’s average iron ore grade from 61 to 62 per cent, and the overall proportion of lump from 25 to 30-33 per cent.
“The project has created more than 9000 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and will provide more than 600 operational roles through its life.
Together with the existing Mining Area C, the company believes that the mine will form the largest operating iron ore hub in the world – producing 145 million tonnes of iron ore each year.