Premier Mark McGowan has officially opened the $4.88 billion South Flank Project.
The State Government has approved the proposal under the State Agreement for the South Flank Project, enabling BHP and its joint venture partners to commence major construction.
Development of the South Flank mine in the Pilbara is expected to create more than 3,000 Western Australian jobs.
The company will invest $4.88 billion (US$3.6 billion) in Western Australia to develop an 80 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) mine at South Flank to replace production from the Yandi mine.
It will be the single largest annual production iron ore mine that BHP has ever developed.
The project will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs for Western Australians, with about 2,500 jobs during peak construction, as well as more than 600 new operational roles.
WA has a skilled workforce and a large array of suppliers of various goods and services, both in the Pilbara and across the State, who can contribute to this important project.
The McGowan Labor Government is committed to creating and securing jobs for Western Australians and will continue to work with BHP to maximise opportunities for more local content and local businesses.