Set to be one of the world’s largest iron ore hubs, the South Flank project is now a quarter way through schedule, heading for first ore in 2021.
Local businesses are mobilising to site as construction ramps up. Located approximately 130 kilometres north-west of Newman, the South Flank deposit itself is vast – 26 kilometres long, and requiring significant mining infrastructure and operations.
Simon Thomas, South Flank Project Director said the project means hundreds of local jobs and billions of dollars flowing into the Western Australian economy.
“We’ve committed a huge $2.1 billion in contract awards so far, with 78 per cent of work committed for completion in Western Australia – more than half of which will be Pilbara-based,” Simon said.
“Recently, we awarded a $7.3 million contract to Njamal People and Pilbara Resources Group for dust suppression. We’re deliberate about making sure Pilbara-based businesses have the opportunity to benefit from South Flank. Our contractors are clear on our expectations of subcontracting to local suppliers, and initiatives like our Local Buying Program make it possible for the smaller businesses to participate.
“It’s pretty exciting. We’re creating something big. South Flank will be the largest iron ore mining and processing facility built in more than 50 years of iron ore mining in the Pilbara. We’re also integrating the latest advances in autonomous-ready fleets, digital connectivity and modular design.
“We see South Flank as an opportunity to accelerate an inclusive and diverse workforce, and it goes beyond gender. We want a workforce mix at South Flank that is more representative of the communities in which we live.”
South Flank will create about 2500 jobs during construction and about 600 ongoing operational roles. The mine is expected to produce ore for more than 25 years.
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