BHP mine to pro­ceed

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor -

BHP Bil­li­ton Ltd says the plan­ning for the ex­pan­sion of its Olympic Dam gold, cop­per and ura­nium mine in South Aus­tralia has pro­ceeded to the fea­si­bil­ity stage. The min­ing gi­ant pro­poses to ex­pand the mine’s cop­per pro­duc­tion from about 180,000 tonnes a year now to 750,000 tonnes a year over the next 30 years. The ex­pan­sion in­volves the de­vel­op­ment of a new open-pit cop­per mine, which will also pro­duce gold and ura­nium byprod­ucts. The com­pany re­ceived more than 4000 pub­lic sub­mis­sions to its draft en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment.

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