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Fortescue navigating border controls in wake of COVID-19

Fortescue navigates COVID-19

Fortescue Metals Group is continuing to navigate the tighter border controls to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The move comes after the Western Australian Government implement strict health and safety isolation requirements that require arrivals from other states in Australia by road, rail, air or sea, to self-isolate for 14 days. While a large component of the group’s workforce is subject to essential” services exemptions, it said it will plan a range of scenarios to ensure operations continue.

In a statement released to the ASX today, FMG said that the majority of Fortescue’s workforce resides in Western Australia however the company has also assigned a range of dedicated charter flights direct from the East Coast of Australia to its mining operations in Western Australia.

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“Fortescue has been working closely with industry and government on the impact of travel restrictions on the resources sector,” company chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said.

“The health and wellbeing of our whole team is our priority. We continue to safely deliver on our targets at this time of national need with mining, processing and shipments remaining in line with our guidance for the 2020 financial year.”

Fortescue also stated that it would work proactively with its team members to ensure that the company has resources available.

It will also work with its contracting partners to ensure that major projects continue in line with project schedules.

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