An Australian metal producer has received the in-principle nod to proceed with its $1.7 billion iron ore project in Western Australia.
The State Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is recommending environmental approval for Fortescue Metals Group’s (FMG’s) Eliwana Iron Ore Mine Project, 90km northwest of Tom Price in the Pilbara.
The project involves building a:
- new ore processing facility with a capacity of up to 30 million tonnes per annum
- camps, airport, airstrip, telecommunications networks, electricity, water, sewage and wastewater facilities
- 143 km of new rail infrastructure, a passing loop and additional rolling stock between Fortescue’s existing Hamersley line and Port Hedland.
BGC Contracting recently won a bulk earthworks and roads contract for the project, which tasks the company with constructing the permanent accommodation village, 16 km construction access road and airstrip for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
BGC is currently accepting expressions of interest for the following job openings:
- auto electrician
- mechanical fitter
- project engineer
- senior project engineer
- mining engineer
- senior mining engineer
- engineer quality assurance
- civil project manager
- mining project manager
- workshop supervisor
- contract administrator
- senior contract administrator.
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Up to 2500 jobs on the way
Major construction is expected to begin on the mine and process facility at the end of 2019 and create up to 2500 jobs in the first two years.
The approval is subject to FMG minimising impacts on surface and groundwater, flora and vegetation, subterranean fauna and places of Aboriginal cultural significance.
Project will be ‘environmentally acceptable’
If the proponent meets this criteria, the project will be “environmentally acceptable”.
“The EPA has recommended the proponent offset this impact through a contribution to the Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund,” EPA chair Dr Tom Hatton said in a public statement. “It has also recommended the creation of management plans to minimise impacts to surface water, groundwater, flora and vegetation and native animals.”
The recommendation will go to State Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and is accepting community feedback until July 8.
Click here to read the full EPA report 1641.