BHP and OZ Minerals remain powerless in South Australia

BHP at Olympic Dam. Image: BHP

BHP’s Olympic Dam and OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine remain without power following South Australia’s storms last week.

The storms suspended operations at Prominent Hill, and Olympic Dam, with both mines running essential operations by onsite generators in the mean time.

Both miners are yet to restart production.

“Olympic Dam operations remain in a period of care and maintenance following the power outage across South Australia last week,” BHP stated.

It went on to note that it is “now receiving some power from the grid and with the additional generation capacity sourced and connected, this will ensure asset stability and integrity of the operation until full power is restored and operations can resume as normal”.

According to OZ Minerals, it will progressively restore power within the next seven to ten days.

The miner does not expect guidance to be effected by the temporary shutdown.

“Production at the open put remains unaffected; the underground mine has now resumed limited operations,” it stated.

The processing plant is still on standby, and in the meantime has had maintenance programs brought forward.

“Production of concentrate will recommence upon the resumption of full power supply to site,” OZ Minerals said in an official company statement.

“In the interim ore stockpiles are being prepared for when it resumes operation.”


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