Major capital project opportunities
An overview of opportunities relating to our major projects and related supplier opportunities per region.
In Minerals Australia, BHPs major project opportunities are published on the ICN Gateway. Click on the link and search by your location to find any opportunities that may apply to you.
BHP Innovation strategy
The Supplier Innovation Program uses an open innovation methodology to help BHP to access technological and entrepreneurial capabilities to solve operational challenges. It does so by identifying and prioritising critical business challenges in the operations, aligned with BHP’s priorities, and launching them to the market; not specifying a product or service, but rather asking for a solution. An on-site pilot is subsequently awarded to prove the solution is viable.
Charge On Innovation Challenge
BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale have come together as Founding Patrons, facilitated by Austmine, to create and promote the Charge On Innovation Challenge. This challenge will encourage technology development to support the mining industry’s decarbonisation efforts. Reflecting a genuine desire for industry-wide collaboration, other mining companies are invited to join as patrons.
The Challenge is an opportunity for experts in and outside the mining industry to develop and present interoperable technology that safely delivers power to large battery-electric off-road haul trucks while maintaining or improving productivity levels. The electricity will charge a battery, and if applicable, propel the truck. Four hundred kilowatts of electricity is required for each truck to complete a haul cycle (i.e. load, travel, dump, return, queue).
For more information, please visit https://chargeoninnovation.com/
BHP Tailings Challenge
The BHP Tailings Challenge is a global competition aimed at identifying the most innovative companies, startups, consortia, research centers and universities to help transform fresh tailings and create innovative business models.
For more information, please visit https://expandemineria.cl/en/desafio/bhp-tailings-challenge/
Minerals Australia Innovation ProgramIn Australia we run this Program in partnership with Austmine, one of the leading national representative bodies of the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sectors.
To join Supplier Innovation Program, please refer to the regional website of our partner Austmine.
Minerals Americas Innovation Program
Innovation success story
BMA's Caval Ridge Mine
While the Supplier Innovation Program was launched in June 2020, a number of pilot projects are already underway, including at BMA’s Caval Ridge Mine where the Fixed Plant Maintenance team engaged the program to help solve a key business challenge, by finding a safer way to perform maintenance on the filter presses that remove moisture from coal rejects at the wash plant.
Innovation success stories
There is an Open Innovation In Mining Program that aims to contribute to the development of an industry knowledge-intensive goods and services based on the challenges facing in mining industry today. This innovation program links entrepreneurs, research centers, guilds, mining companies and in general, to the industry ecosystem. Read our success stories in below links: