Fortescue Expects 2400 Hires As First Sod Turned On Eliwana Iron Ore Mine

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has turned the sod on its $1.7 billion Eliwana iron ore mine in Western Australia's North West, announcing $330 million in contracts with another $500 million expected before the end of 2019.

The company said the mine would create 1900 jobs during construction and 500 full-time site positions once operational.

It will include an ore processing facility and 143 kilometres of rail.

FMG chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said 250 companies had been awarded contracts for the project, with 80 per cent Western Australian owned.