Mining and civil contracting firm BGC has recruited 100 new employees as it starts work at Arrium Mining’s Iron Knob site in South Australia.
Announcing the $100 million contract today, BGC Contracting said it will launch works at the Whyalla site immediately.
Works will include the development of two new pits as well as reopening one existing pit.
The contractor said about 200 workers will be needed for the development, 100 of which will be transferred from another Arrium site in South Australia.
Both Arrium and BGC have worked together for over a year at the miner’s South Middleback operations where the contractor provided mining plant and maintenance services, ore excavation and haulage.
BGC Contracting’s chief executive Greg Heylen said the Iron Knob contract represents a substantial addition to the company’s existing contract with Arrium,
“We are delighted to have earned Arrium’s continued confidence on the back of our work at South Middleback and look forward to playing a part in returning the iconic Iron Knob project to production,” Heylen said
Stage one will see a single digger operating for seven months after which a second dig fleet will be introduced as the project ramps up to its target annual production of 8 million bank cubic metres.
Iron Knob was first mined in the late 1800s and is widely accepted as the birthplace of iron ore mining in Australia.