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Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston

Fortescue’s Eliwana Mine Officially Opens Creating 500 Jobs

Victor P Taffa

  • Minister commemorates first ore at Western Australia’s newest iron ore mine
  • Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana mine creates 500 jobs

Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston congratulated Fortescue Metals Group at the opening of its Eliwana iron ore mine in the Pilbara yesterday (December 8).

“Congratulations to Fortescue and everyone involved on the completion of the Eliwana project.” Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston said.

“This important project created around 2,000 jobs during construction and will create 500 full-time site positions as the team move into operations.”

Fortescue also reached a significant milestone celebrating first ore through its processing facility at the Western Hub.

Eliwana mine, located 90 km west of Tom Price, extends Fortescue’s existing iron ore operations in the Pilbara region.

Operation includes a new dry ore processing facility with capacity of 30 million tonnes p.a. and a new 143-km rail line, which is in the final stages of construction.

Contracts valued at $1.83 Billion were awarded to Australian businesses during the project’s development, including 290 Western Australia businesses and $150 million worth of contracts to Aboriginal businesses and their joint venture partners.

Western Australia’s iron ore sector is the biggest employer in the State’s mining industry, providing jobs for nearly half of Western Australia’s 107,457 mine workers.

Iron ore sales reached a record $103 Billion in the 2019-20 financial year, with Fortescue’s sales, 178.2 metric tonnes, accounting for more than 21 %.

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