Mining and civil contracting firm BGC has been awarded a $100 million contract to restart operations at Arrium Mining’s South Australian Iron Knob mine.
The four year contract to kick start operations at the Whyalla site will include the development of two new pits, Princess East and Princess West, as well as the reopening the established Monarch pit.
The company said it will also complete initial cutbacks at each of the pits.
Arrium Mining recently undertook the first blast in the area in more than 15 years.
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
Iron Knob was first mined in the late 1800s and is widely accepted as the birthplace of iron ore mining in Australia.
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.