BHP Billiton announces record half-annual iron ore output

BHP Billiton announces record half-annual iron ore output

BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP) has posted its operational review for the second half of 2016, revealing record iron ore production across its Western Australia operations.

Iron ore production across Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) rose 4% year-on-year in the six-month period to December, due to a ramp up in the capacity of its Jimblebar facility.

Jimblebar is one of five mines across BHP’s WAIO integrated system, which also includes four processing hubs in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Coking coal output increased to 21 million tonnes despite the closure of the Crinum mine, while copper production fell to 712,000 tonnes due to a power outage at the Australia Olympic Dam during September and October.

The Anglo-American firm’s chief executive officer Andrew Mackenzie, said: “We have performed well during a period of higher prices, with record iron ore volumes achieved at WAIO.

“Our simpler organisational structure has freed our assets to focus on what matters most and to deliver safer and more productive operations.”

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