Money BHP Billiton announces 120 new jobs at Olympic Dam operations

06:21  11 november  2017
06:21  11 november  2017 Source:   msn.com

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Mining giant BHP will create dozens of new jobs at its operation near Roxby Downs in South Australia's far north over the next year, in another sign the state's mining industry is enjoying a positive turnaround.

The Olympic Dam mine is a large poly-metallic underground mine located in South Australia, 550 km NNW of Adelaide. It is the fourth largest copper deposit and the largest known single deposit of

a crane next to a bridge© Provided by ABC Business Mining giant BHP will create 120 new jobs at its Olympic Dam operation in South Australia's far north over the next year, in another sign the state's mining industry is enjoying a positive turnaround.

The company is in the process of expanding its copper and uranium mine underground, near Roxby Downs, and has said it plans to spend $600 million at the site this financial year.

The 120 positions are in addition to 350 new Olympic Dam jobs announced by BHP earlier this year.

South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) chief executive Rebecca Knol said the new jobs were a sign of good things to come for the resources sector.

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BHP has plans to spend 0 million at Olympic Dam this financial year as it expands the copper and uranium mine underground. Part of this expansion will create 120 jobs , which will add to the existing 350 new jobs BHP announced earlier this year (bringing the total to 370). It was only two years ago

"It is an industry that has ups and downs, and we've just come out of a very flat period," she said.

"We've seen announcements by BHP, but also Oz Minerals, Iluka [and] Arrium ... so there's been a significant number [of jobs created] for regional South Australia in the past couple of months.

"This is a sign that we're heading into a very strong resources growth period."

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The Olympic Dam , the world’s fifth largest copper deposit and the No.1 uranium one, has been in operations since the late 1980s, but 70% of its resource remains untouched. BHP noted that anyone interested in future opportunities at the company is encouraged to register for job alerts on the BHP

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Only two years ago, BHP slashed several hundred jobs from its Olympic Dam operation in response to "global challenges" in the resources sector.

"It was a commercial decision not to proceed [with an underground expansion] a couple of years ago which resulted in job losses, whereas now it's a decision to proceed with that underground expansion ... and that [means] the creation of a lot of jobs," Ms Knol said.

"The turnaround has been in commodity prices generally, and it is a cyclical industry.

BHP's Olympic Dam asset president Jacqui McGill said the recruitment process would begin today at the JOBEX expo in Adelaide.

"We have sustainable growth plans and we are investing to make the Olympic Dam operation modern and technologically advanced," Ms McGill said.

"It is a really exciting time to be part of the industry, and part of Olympic Dam, and we want people from truck drivers to technology professionals to engineers, and everything in between to join us."

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