BGC Contracting Passes 50 Millionth Tonne Milestone at Cliffs Koolyanobbing

BGC Contracting recently marked a major milestone at Cliffs Natural Resources’ Koolyanobbing iron ore operation in Western Australia, moving its 50 millionth tonne of ore for the client. Mining Operations Manager Greg Dark, who has responsibility for Koolyanobbing, advised that the haulage team passed the milestone on May 7 2014.

The Koolyanobbing contract is the longest-running mining contract on BGC Contracting’s books, having begun more than a decade ago in April 2004 when the operation was owned by Portman Limited. US-based Cliffs took control of Portman via a takeover bid in 2005.

BGC Contracting Chief Executive Greg Heylen put the company’s longevity at Koolyanobbing down to maintaining a strong relationship with the client and consistently meeting with requirements. "BGC Contracting is pleased to have reached this momentous milestone on what is a significant project, utilising innovative off-road haulage techniques that have proved to be cost-efficient and a reliable method of transport," he said.
Under the current contract, BGC Contracting is moving approximately 8.4 million tonnes of iron ore a year for Cliffs, but this will peak at 11 million tonnes in 2015. The contract is up for renewal in December 2017.