BHP approves $4.5b South Flank iron ore mine in Western Australia

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 15-Jun-18

Production at BHP Billiton’s South Flank iron ore mine in the Pilbara will commence in 2021, after its board approved the $US3.4bn ($A4.49bn) project. BHP will contribute $US2.9bn ($A3.8bn) to South Flank’s development, with its partners Itochu and Mitsui to provide the rest of the funding. South Flank is slated to produce 80 million tonnes of iron ore annually over a 25-year mine life, and will replace BHP’s Yandi mine. The project will increase BHP’s average iron grade from 61 per cent to 62 per cent.

CORPORATES
BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, ITOCHU COAL RESOURCES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MITSUI AND COMPANY LIMITED, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

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