WA fire forces BHP Billiton to scale back mining

BHP Billiton has been forced to scale back mining operations at its bauxite mine in Boddington today due to visibility issues from the bushfire south-west of the site. 

The smoke is coming from an out-of-control bushfire near Boddington that has burnt more than 50,000 hectares of land.

A BHP Billiton spokesman told Australian Mining Worsley Alumina’s mining operations in Boddington are limited today.

“The mine and its infrastructure are being constantly monitored. Refinery operations near Collie have not been impacted,” the spokesman said.

“Worsley Emergency Response Team members, employees and equipment are supporting efforts to control the fires and actively protect community infrastructure. “

Meanwhile Newmont Mining’s Boddington gold mine has also experienced some issues with power supply failures due to the fire.

Around 50 firefighters are using Newmont’s mine site village as a base, however the fire is moving east, away from the operation.

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