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Premier to meet with head of global mining company BHP

Premier Steven Marshall will today meet with the Chief Executive Officer of BHP Andrew Mackenzie to discuss the future of its operations in South Australia and its commitment to helping create more jobs.

“I will use the meeting to re-affirm my government’s commitment to support the further expansion of the Olympic Dam mine,” said Premier Marshall.

“BHP have just completed a $350 million maintenance and upgrade of its surface operation of Olympic Dam, which is an indication of the company’s commitment to its future in South Australia.

“The South Australian Government will acknowledge that commitment by confirming our commitment to reducing the cost and improving the reliability of power in South Australia.

“BHP suffered a $140 million loss as a result of the collapse of South Australia’s electricity network in September 2016.

“The blackout was a heavy blow to the one of the state’s largest employers and an unacceptable threat to the future operations of the mine.

“The damage inflicted on the South Australian economy by the statewide blackout was compounded by rapidly escalating power for households and business during the past two years.

“I am determined to secure affordable and reliable power to ensure our state is globally recognised as an attractive place to invest.

“The Marshall Liberal Government will be unashamedly pro-business in our efforts to re-invigorate the South Australian economy.”