The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, and Fortescue Metals Group’s Chairman, Andrew Forrest, launched the Eliwana mine and rail project in Pilbara.
The USD 1.27 billion project includes the construction of 143 km of rail, a new 30mtpa dry ore processing facility and infrastructure. First ore on train is expected in December 2020.
Eliwana underpins the sustainable production of West Pilbara Fines and provides the flexibility for Fortescue to deliver products at greater than 60% iron grade. The development will utilise the latest technology, autonomous trucks and design efficiency, further cementing Fortescue’s world leading use of innovation across its mining operations.
As part of the project, AUD 330 million (USD 229.6 million) contract were awarded to more than 250 Australian companies, of which 80 per cent are Western Australian owned businesses. As further approvals are progressed, it is expected over AUD 500 million (USD 348 million) in additional contracts will be awarded by the end of 2019.