“South Flank is Australia’s largest new iron ore mine in over 50 years and is on time and on finances. South Flank’s high-quality ore will enhance WAIO’s common iron ore grade from 61 to 62%, and the general proportion of lump from 25 to 30-33%,” BHP’s president of minerals Australia, Edgar Basto, stated in a media statement.
“South Flank’s ore will provide world metal markets for the subsequent 25 years, serving to to construct electrical energy, transport and concrete infrastructure throughout the globe.”
South Flank is alleged to be BHP’s most popular choice to replace the 80 million tonne-a-year Yandi mine, which is reaching the top of its mine life.
Based on Basto, the $3.6 million undertaking has created over 9,000 direct and oblique jobs throughout building and can present greater than 600 operational roles all through its life with a workforce that features 40% feminine and 15% Indigenous operational employees.
The chief additionally stated that South Flank has a capital depth of $45/t – roughly half of BHP’s final main iron ore undertaking, Jimblebar.