BHP plans new tailings storage at Olympic Dam

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 18-Jun-19

BHP will commence work on a sixth tailings dam at its Olympic Dam copper, gold and uranium mine in South Australia in late 2019 if it receives environmental approval from the federal government. BHP has indicated that the new tailings dam is needed to maintain the mine’s current production rate, and for its proposed expansion to up to 350,000 tonnes of copper. BHP recently advised that geological conditions at Olympic Dam mean that the mine’s capacity is more likely to be increased to between 240,000 and 300,000 tonnes.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF ENVIRONMENT, WATER AND NATURAL RESOURCES, AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION INCORPORATED

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