Olympic Dam back online

Full power has been restored at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine in Australia following planned maintenance and a state-wide power outage from September 28 to October 12
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BHP's Olympic Dam operation

Staff reporter

In its quarterly operational report, BHP said that copper production for the September 2016 quarter decreased by 26% to 41,000t as a result of the Olympic Dam shutdown. Its teams are now working to ramp up the operations, and while some work continued underground during the power outage, the company is now focusing on transitioning its surface operations from care and maintenance back into full production.

“This has been a challenging time and our team has done a great job working safely to ensure stable care and maintenance of our operation. We appreciate the work of everyone involved in restoring power to Olympic Dam,” the company said in a press release.

The  power  outage  and resultant  shutdown  at  Olympic  Dam  demonstrates  the  necessity for  secure  and  stable electricity supply in  South Australia and across Australia.