BGC Contracting Awarded $300M Mining Contract for Atlas Iron Mt Webber Project
A formal contract between Atlas Iron and BGC Contracting has been signed for 3 contracts, these being the development work, mining, and crushing and screening operations at Atlas’ new mine, Mt Webber. The total contract sum for the 3 contracts is approximately $300m, with a peak workforce of 120 people.
Commenting on the award, BGC Contracting CEO Greg Heylen says “I am very pleased to announce this moment as it is an important contract for both BGC and Atlas going forward. Having worked well with Atlas for the past 4 years allowed us to secure a further 5 years of work with them at their Mt Webber operations.”
Mt Webber is a greenfields iron ore mine site located near Port Hedland, Western Australia. The initial mining production will be 3mtpa with the intention to increase to 6mtpa at some time during the 5 year contract.
The intention is to establish the site and build the ore handling plant ready to commence crushing and screening operations of iron ore in April 2014. To achieve this, establishment works were started on 1 September 2013 and BGC Contracting have already mobilised some major equipment to site.
Atlas and BGC Contracting have had a mutually beneficial long term relationship that is now further enhanced by this award. Notably, Atlas is a growing mining business with plans to open further mine sites in the Pilbara over the next few years.
Established in 1992, BGC Contracting Pty Ltd is part of the privately owned BGC group of companies and operates across two distinct core business divisions being Mining and Civil Operations. Presently employing more than 2,400 people, BGC Contracting is a leading player in the provision of mining and construction services across the resources, government infrastructure, building and manufacturing industry sectors.