BHP has thanked Fluor’s mining and metals business for completing works at the South Flank iron ore mine in Western Australia on time and budget, which allowed for first ore to be produced this month.
BHP’s head of Western Australia major projects Quinton Brand highlighted Fluor’s contribution for making the operation possible.
“We would like to thank the entire Fluor team from the design engineers to the fabrication and construction teams,” Brand said.
“Fluor made an important contribution to the delivery of South Flank’s first ore.”
Fluor was contracted for engineering, procurement and construction management support on the project.
The contract involved the delivery of an 80 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) crushing and screening plant, as well as an overland conveyor and rail-loading facilities.
Fluor mining and metals business president Tony Morgan said it was gratifying to see the contract fulfilled.
“It is always very gratifying and rewarding to see a project of this magnitude completed on time and on budget,” Morgan said.
“We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with BHP from the pre-construction feasibility study to improving the project’s capital efficiency, optimizing costs and schedules, and hiring indigenous and local team members.
“All of this was accomplished while navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to continuing our long and successful relationship with BHP.”
The contract began in July 2018 and BHP achieved first production of iron ore this May.
South Flank’s processing facility has become the largest of its kind ever built in Western Australia.
It also forms part of the world’s largest iron ore hub when BHP’s South Flank (80Mtpa) and nearby Mining Area C (65Mtpa) are combined.