- FMG Board approve the development of the Eliwana mine and rail project
- The project could create up to 1,900 jobs during construction
- Estimated capital investment of about $1.7 billion
Premier Mark McGowan today welcomed the announcement by Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) to develop the Eliwana mine and rail project in the Pilbara region.
FMG made the Final Investment Decision this morning, with the project consisting of a new mine and ore processing facility, and a 143-kilometre rail spur project.
The company is targeting a construction start in mid-2019, with production to start in December 2020.
A definitive feasibility study has been completed by the company, and the approvals process is now underway.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"FMG's announcement is welcome news for WA jobs and our local economy.
"This project alone has the potential to create up to 1,900 construction jobs and provide 500 ongoing jobs once in operation.
"It is business investment decisions like this that highlight the capacity of our economy, and is just another sign of our State getting back on track.
"Our economy continues to turn the corner and WA jobs are being created."