Geology and Mining

SkillsOne chats to geologist Lauren McWhirter, from Fortescue Mines. Lauren describes the iron ore mining process in a pit at Cloudbreak. She shares how the surface miners find the iron ore and how they separate the qualities of iron ore.

She shares why the Pilbarra is so unique with it's minerals.

SkillsOne recently visited tradies who work in the mining industry in the Pilbarra, in Western Australia, run by the Fortescue Metals Group.

Fortescue focusses on iron ore.

Fortescue's port, rail and mine project commenced construction in February 2006 with the turning of the first sod at the Company's port site at Anderson Point in Port Hedland. Just two years later, the open-access rail infrastructure is complete, the Fortescue Herb Elliott Port is operational and the mining operations at the Company's first mine site, known as Cloudbreak, are well underway.

VJ Michael Gumley