FMG to transition to owner mining at Christmas Creek

first_imgFortescue Metals Group (FMG) will transition to a full owner operator model at its Christmas Creek mining operations. This change will take full effect from the completion of the current mining services contract with Downer EDI Limited (Downer) which ends on 30 September 2016.A comprehensive change management plan has been developed which will allow for the safe and orderly changeover of operations. Production from Christmas Creek is not expected to be impacted during the transition.Chief Executive Officer Nev Power thanked Downer for its significant contribution to Fortescue’s successful operations at the Christmas Creek mine.“The Downer team has been involved with mining at Christmas Creek since the outset and has played an important role in Fortescue’s development of our worldclass facilities in the Chichester Hub,” Power said.“Adoption of an owner operator model will further reduce Fortescue’s costs through ongoing improvement of the efficiency and productivity of our Christmas Creek mining operations”.Power said “Our clear focus remains on safety, production and costs. Our ability to generate strong earnings and cash flow will enable further improvement in our balance sheet and return to our shareholders.”The Chichester Hub in the Chichester ranges, comprising of the Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines, has an annual production capacity in excess of 90 Mt/y from three Ore Processing Facilities (OPFs).last_img