BHP Billiton is inviting South Australian suppliers to learn how they can bid for contracts with the Olympic Dam Expansion Project.
The Company is currently undertaking a study to significantly increase its operations at Olympic Dam, almost 600km north of Adelaide.
“While the project has yet to receive company board and government approvals, we have to make forward plans and a vital part of this work is to inform South Australian companies about opportunities they could have,” Ted Bassett, Project Director for the Olympic Dam Expansion Project said.
“The scale of the project requires long term planning, including by potential suppliers.
“We will support this process by holding supplier information forums in Adelaide, Port Augusta and Roxby Downs in April and May.
The dates are:
- Tuesday April 22 or Wednesday April 23: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace Adelaide
- Tuesday April 29: Roxby Downs Cultural Precinct, Auditorium, Richardson Place, Roxby Downs
- Thursday May 1: Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Highway One, Port Augusta
“BHP Billiton is committed to providing opportunities for local businesses,” he said.
“In 2007, orders worth more than $500 million were committed to local businesses by the existing operation and the expansion study.
“By attending these information forums, businesses can learn more about the scale of the proposed expansion, what work packages may be available and how to become involved.”
The expansion study follows a two-year exploration drilling program that determined the resource to be close to 8 billion tonnes, nearly double the previous estimate reported in 2005.
Registration to attend is free via http://odx.bhpbilliton.com.