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Olympic Dam, South Australia

Olympic Dam is one of the world's most significant deposits of copper, gold, and uranium.

Olympic Dam at a glance

Located 560 kilometres north of Adelaide, South Australia, Olympic Dam is a part of our Minerals Australia operation. It's made up of underground and surface operations and operates a fully integrated processing facility from ore to metal. It is located on the traditional lands of the Kokatha, Dieri, and Arabana people.
2005 We took ownership of the mine in 2005.
700km It has almost 700kms of underground roads and tunnels.
90kg The average Australian home contains 90kg of copper – in the wiring, pipes and appliances.

Ore mined underground is hauled by an automated train system to crushing, storage and ore hoisting facilities, or trucked directly to the surface via declines. The metallurgical complex consists of grinding, flotation and leach circuits, a hydrometallurgical plant incorporating solvent extraction circuits for copper and uranium, copper smelter, copper refinery and a recovery circuit for precious metals.

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Copper is used in everyday household products due to its electricity conducting, corrosion resistance and antimicrobial properties.

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My girls think it is really cool to have a mum working underground, and BHP has been extremely supportive of my work-life balance.
Bianca Rogers

Underground Mining School of Excellence graduate

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Careers at Olympic Dam

Visit our careers website to see the current South Australian career opportunities.