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$350 million investment for Olympic Dam smelter operations

BHP’s Olympic Dam smelter operations are about to get a A$350 million facelift in the operations, which produce copper products.

Tthe smelter maintenance campaign was the largest planned shutdown by BHP in the South Australia, and there will  be 1,300 contractors onsite in the peak of construction to dismantle, rebuild and upgrade components of the facility.

The rolling shutdown across the surface operations starts in August with the maintenance campaign running for more than 100 days in total.

The smelter campaign includes investment in three key areas to deliver safe and reliable performance:

  • rebuilding key elements of the smelter flash furnace;
  • demolishing and building a new electric slag furnace; and
  • removing and replacing the five-story high electro static precipitator.

Olympic Dam is also using the planned downtime to undertake further refinery asset maintenance.

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