The Svedala mill, part of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam surface processing operations in South Australia, has safely resumed operation ahead of schedule, the giant miner announced on Friday.
On 28 January the Svedala mill suffered an electrical failure and was placed under care and maintenance. Subsequently, BHP undertook a complete diagnostic review which revealed damage to the motor station coil.
The company then proceeded to repair the damage and re-commenced operation this week, having passed all commissioning checks.
“The mill’s operations will be ramped up over the coming weeks and a return to full production at Olympic Dam is expected by the end of July 2015,” the company said in a statement.
“As previously advised, BHP Billiton estimates there will be a reduction in copper production of between 60 and 70k with the majority of the impact anticipated this financial year.”
Olympic Dam Asset President Jacqui McGill congratulated the repair team on their efforts to bring the Svedala mill back online.
“This week we reached the final milestone in the repair project and it is with sincere gratitude that I offer my thanks to the team and each and every employee at Olympic Dam who continue to contribute to our success,” Ms McGill said.
“The project has been a fantastic example of what Olympic Dam can achieve when we all work together.”