Olympic Dam open-pit mine Mining News

BHP urges miners to create global body to oversee tailings dams

CEO Andrew Mackenzie said it was too early to say what impact the recent Vale tailings dam disaster will have on efforts to restart BHP and Vale's jointly owned Samarco mine, shut since November 2015 after a dam collapse killed 19 people.

Technical issue disrupts BHP’s Olympic Dam copper smelter

Company is assessing the impact of an ongoing outage at the processing plant.

BHP tightens belt, targets $1.6bn in cost-cutting at Australian operations

The world’s No.1 miner is targeting as much as $1.6 billion in productivity gains at its iron ore, copper and coal units in the country over the next two years.

BHP needs 120 new workers at its Olympic Dam in Australia

The mining giant will add those jobs during the next 12 months.

Aussie consortium to spend $12m in research to boost copper production

Initiative is part of South Australia’s government strategy that aims to triple the state's copper production to one-million tonnes a year by 2030.

BHP presses for cheaper power ahead of Olympic Dam mine expansion

BHP Billiton is looking for ways to shore up power supply and bring down power costs at its Olympic Dam copper mine in Australia, as it plans to expand following a string of electrical outages, the mine's head said on Friday.

BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam set to reach highest copper production in a decade

Red metal production at the copper-uranium mine is expected to hit around 230,000 tonnes by 2021, but there is potential for up to 450,000 tonnes per year.

BHP to boost copper output, lower costs at vast Olympic Dam

BHP wants find a way to up output for the industrial metal from its Olympic Dam by 40% even before a proposed and long-awaited mega-expansion of the operation takes place.

Uranium to bring jobs, export boom back to Australia’s mining industry — report

A study commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia shows the economic benefit from the sector could increase tenfold to $9.5 billion.

BHP Billiton axing other 380 jobs at its Olympic Dam

The cuts represent 14% of what was once a 4,300 workforce.

BHP cuts another 140 jobs over abandoned Olympic Dam expansion plans

The cuts at the Adelaide support office for the Olympic Dam operations come about six months after BHP scrapped about 90 permanent positions and 210 contractor jobs.

BHP axing up to 300 Olympic Dam jobs

The decision caps off a dreadful month for South Australia’s mining sector.

BHP’s Olympic dam expansion off agenda until prices improve

The miner blamed low metals prices and productivity inefficiencies for the decision.

BHP to complete Olympic Dam expansion years from now

The company revealed it will take four years to trial a processing method it hopes will help make the expansion profitable.

Australia’s promise to assist BHP with its Olympic Dam expansion

South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, has reproached the federal government for saying BHP could resume its Olympic Dam expansion within months, calling it a "cruel hoax."

BHP keeping Olympic Dam expansion on hold, unless ‘technological miracle’ allows it

CEO Andrew Mackenzie expects to have something to say about the expansion "within a year.”

BHP cuts more Olympic Dam jobs

The giant miner is struggling to keep its massive Olympic Dam project competitive in the current environment.

BHP hopes for an extension to Olympic Dam expansion plan

BHP Billiton, the world's number one miner, has put its $30 billion Olympic Dam copper-uranium expansion back in the spotlight by asking South Australia state for a 46-month extension for the project.

BHP ditches Olympic Dam as profit tumbles

The world's number one miner, BHP Billiton, has delayed its $30 billion Olympic Dam copper-uranium expansion and said no major projects would be approved until June 2013 as it tries cutting costs.

New watchwords at BHP: sequencing, discipline, cash flow

BHP Billiton addressed shareholder concerns about its ambitious investment plans in four mega-projects on Wednesday saying it will match capital expenditures closely with cash flows and stagger the project pipeline.

Australia considers BHP’s Olympic Dam mine development a fact

South Australia’s mineral resources and energy minister, Tom Koutsantonis, said he was confident BHP Billiton will proceed with developing the uranium Olympic Dam open-pit mine, despite the project will cost billions of dollars, reports Reuters.