BHP approve GEMCO expansion

BHP Billiton has announced the approval of the second expansion phase of its GEMCO operation in the Northern Territory.

This comes after the successful commissioning of the initial GEMCO expansion phase 1 project in 2009.

The US$279 million expansion phase 2 project will increase GEMCO’s output capacity from 4.2 million tonnes per annum to 4.8 million tonnes annually due to the introduction of a dense media circuit by-pass facility.

GEMCO’s expansion will also increase road and port capacity to 5.9 million tonnes per annum, creating 1.1 million tonnes of extra capacity for future expansions.

According to BHP manganese president Tom Schutte, “the first phase expansion confirmed GEMCO’ status as the world’s largest and lowest cost producer of manganese ore.

“This second expansion will…create additional options for job growth,” he added.

The project is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

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