Jimblebar sets blast record in WA

BHP Billiton has completed a record blast in West Australia. The company detonated 11Mt of iron ore at its Jimblebar operation in the Pilbara earlier this month

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According to local media sources, more than 50 hectares of ground was set with 6,400 detonators. A video of the explosion shows the scale of the blast.

"Drilling and blasting is a normal part of Jimblebar's operations," the miner said. "The successful and safe completion of a blast of this size and scale, allows for a reduction in blast day delays with the associated pit shuts, and increases the available time to access the mine, for load and haul operations."