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Jimblebar Iron Ore Project
The mining schedule was set to meet the rail product targets at approximately 600,000 BCM per month.
The Jimblebar iron ore mine is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, approximately 40 kilometres east of Newman. The mine is operated by leading global resources company, BHP Billiton. The mine commenced production in March 1989 with an iron ore processing capacity of 14 million tonnes a year through its two stage crusher circuit.
MINING AND MINERAL PROCESSING CONTRACT
BHP Billiton first began working with BGC Contracting in 1999, when group was awarded the mining contract for the Jimblebar Iron Ore Project, valued around $125 million.
BGC was responsible for carrying out the drill and blast, mining, crushing, screening and train loading operations at the site, utilising a workforce of 160 people to complete the works.
The mining component consisted of levelling hills as haulage was downhill loaded and the ore was heavy with bulk densities as high as 3.3 tonnes per cubic metre.
The crushing and screening plant was capable of 8 million tonnes per annum and was operated by BGC at approximately 600,000 tonnes per month.
The mining schedule was set to meet the rail product targets at approximately 600,000 BCM per month. BGC held all statutory responsibilities and was accountable for meeting all requirements for the site relating to the environmental license conditions.