The Iron Bridge project is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The site is situated 145km away from the town of Port Hedland, where Fortescue’s port facility is located, and within 25km of the company’s rail line.
Workfast is providing staff for logistics operations for delivery of the pipe. Site managers and logistics staff removing pipe segments from shipping deliveries, storing sorting and loading for transport and delivery to site. Workfast staff are working through the covid period organising labour hire staffing solutions.
The project site can be accessed from Port Hedland via the Great Northern Highway, and then via gravel roads.
Geology of Iron Bridge project
The iron ore mine is located in the East Pilbara terrane of the Pilbara craton. The regional deformation is hosted by strike-slip and reverse faulting.
The Iron Bridge project is a magnetite mine in Western Australia. It is owned by a joint venture (JV) between FMG Fortescue (69%) and Formosa Steel (31%).
The mine is currently being developed and expanded under a $2.6bn project (stage two), which follows the successful completion of the $500m stage one, which involved the construction of large-scale pilot and demonstration plants.
The Iron Bridge magnetite mine is expected to produce 22 wet million tonnes per annum (wmtpa) of high-grade, magnetite concentrate product.
First ore from the mine is planned to be shipped in the first half of 2022. The mine is expected to have a life of more than 20 years with a strip ratio of 0.6 and 30% mass recovery.