Australian iron ore miner Fortescue has marked first ore feed into the processing plant at its Iron Bridge Magnetite project in the Pilbara. Iron Bridge, located 145 kilometres south of Port Hedland, will deliver 22 million tonnes per annum of high grade 67% Fe magnetite concentrate. This product enables Fortescue to enter the high iron ore grade market segment providing an enhanced product range while also increasing annual production and shipping capacity.Since the investment decision in April 2019, more than 12.8 million workhours have culminated in the design and construction of the mine, pipelines, village and infrastructure at Iron Bridge, supporting more than 3,000 jobs with another 900 full time jobs to be created when the project moves into operations. There are currently 3,470 people working across the Ore Processing Facility and pipelines scope of work.With first production anticipated in the March 2023 quarter, Iron Bridge will see the world’s fourth largest iron ore miner deliver an enhanced product range. Significantly, it could become one of Fortescue’s first fossil fuel free sites, enabled by the recently announced world leading USD 6.2 billion decarbonisation investment to reach real zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.The nature of the Iron Bridge ore bodies and Fortescue’s innovative use of a dry crushing and grinding circuit together contribute to the project’s operational efficiency across energy, water use and cost.