Production disrupted after fire at BHP mine in WA

Production disrupted after fire at BHP mine in WA

BHP (ASX:BHP) has launched an investigation into the cause of a fire which broke out at its largest iron ore mine, located in Western Australia (WA).

The mining giant confirmed an evacuation took place at the Mt Whaleback mine in the Pilbara region of WA, with all personnel accounted for following the emergency procedure.

“Emergency response personnel from the mine site responded to the incident and one worker has been treated for smoke inhalation,” said Andrew Chaplyn, safety director of the Department of Mines and Petroleum

Operations have been suspended at the processing facility, which is one of BHP’s oldest and largest iron ore mines. Last year, the mine produced 43 million tonnes of 62.7% iron content.

However, the disruption in production at the mine is not likely to significantly impact iron ore markets.

“May was a disruption-free month for the Pilbara, so there is no shortage of iron ore around,” said a commodities trader.