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BHP continues recruitment drive for Olympic Dam

BHP is continuing a recruitment drive for the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia as it ramps up the operations to full capacity in the current quarter.

The diversified miner launched an investment of more than $350 million on a smelter upgrade project at Olympic Dam last August. The maintenance and upgrade of the surface operations was the largest planned shutdown project ever undertaken at the mine.

Smelting operations resumed late last year, BHP reported, with the first anode cast from the flash furnace in December. Operations will continue to ramp up to full capacity in the March 2018 quarter, the company added.

BHP has also undertaken major upgrade works on the refinery, concentrator, other key infrastructure and site technology at Olympic Dam.

The project spanned more than 100 days and created 3100 short-term jobs, according to BHP. The company plans to continue to grow its Olympic Dam workforce to support the development and delivery of key projects.

In November 2017, the company announced the creation of 120 new jobs in trucking, operations, and engineering, in addition to the asset’s rolling requirement of 250 roles at any one time.

BHP has filled 20 of the 120 positions to this point. It held job assessment centres in South Australia last week for a further 30 roles, with the remainder to be recruited over the coming months. Read more…


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