South Australian storms close Olympic Dam

South Australia’s largest mine, BHP’s Olympic Dam, was forced to halt production as storms battered the state.

“Following the loss of power in South Australia on Wednesday, 28 September, Olympic Dam was able to safely shut down operations and the site was demobilised,” BHP said.

“Back-up generators are currently providing power to critical infrastructure, which will allow a restart of operations when power is restored.

“We are liaising closely with Electranet and the State Government to ensure power is restored to Roxby Downs town and Olympic Dam as soon as possible.”

Yesterday OZ Minerals announced it was halting production at its Prominent Hill operation due to the severe weather.

Neither miner has given a timeline for the potential restart of their operations, nor whether either company will seek to declare force majeure to protect themselves from not achieving supply obligations.