Mining Area C is one of four hubs within BHP’s Western Australian Iron Ore operations (WAIO), located in the Pilbara region in the North of Western Australia. The Pilbara region is one of the premier iron ore regions in the world, with Western Australia accounting for more than 50 per cent of global supply in 2018.

Mining Area C has two major mining areas, North Flank and South Flank which as a combined mining hub is expected by BHP to operate for over 30 years.

  • North Flank: has been in production since 2003 and produced 60 million wmt in 2019.
  • South Flank: is currently in development, with first production targeted to occur in 2021.

Both mining areas within Mining Area C operate as open pit, producing ore which is crushed, beneficiated (where necessary) and blended to create high-grade lump and fines products. Iron ore products are then transported along the Port Headland-Newman rail line to the port facilities at Port Headland.

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