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New Gindalbie chief steps in as magnetite project costs balloon to $2.7bn

The Australian reports Tim Netscher took over as chief executive of Gindalbie Metals in April, having joined the board last September. His predecessor stepped down from the role after the miner in March announced a second cost blowout at its West Australian Karara magnetite joint venture. At the time, Netscher, 60, was working for Newmont Mining, the world’s largest gold producer, and thinking about swapping executive roles for non-executive positions, but the Gindalbie offer was too good to refuse.

The multilingual boss, who speaks Afrikaans, Indonesian, German, Spanish and English, knows that Gindalbie’s Karara magnetite project, 200km east of Geraldton, is at a crucial stage of development, but the mining industry veteran is not shy about a challenge.

The Australian quotes Netscher:

The company is a small company that is developing an enormous project. It’s a BHP Billiton-Rio Tinto size project being run by a small company with a very knowledgeable and supportive Chinese partner (Ansteel).

Image of the night shift during construction of the concentrator plant at the Karara’s Iron Ore project in Western Australia.