South Australia wants more miners

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has gone to Perth in an effort to lure mining companies to the state.

The premier has been involved in meetings with a series of companies including Rio Tinto and Shell, the ABC reported.

Weatherill said he wanted more resource companies to base their operations in SA.

"We're trying to attract the mining services companies to use South Australia as a base, a hub for providing mining services for around the nation," he said.

"It's beginning to happen but we think that there is an ideal location here in South Australia to service the whole of the mining industry, not just around Australia but around the world."

The premier said despite the states disappoint around BHP’s decision to scrap the expansion of Olympic Dam, the mining sector continued to grow in the state.

"What is happening because of the BHP deferral, it's actually causing a large number of smaller players to realise that there is spare capacity here in South Australia," he said.

Late last year, Oz Minerals boss Terry Burgess said costs in SA’s mining sector were falling.

"My message very loudly in South Australia is the bubble that was created around the Olympic Dam expansion can't be sustained," he said at the time.


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