BHP Reports Record Iron Ore Production

In its second-half 2020 production update, BHP reported record production from its Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) mines, which increased by 6% to 128 million metric tons (mt) or 145 million mt on a 100 % basis. The numbers reflected record production at Jimblebar and strong performance across the supply chain, with significant improvements in car dumper productivity and reliability, the company said. This was partially offset by weather impacts and planned Mining Area C and South Flank major tie-in activity.

Production in the March quarter is expected to be impacted by planned ore handling plant maintenance across the mines and continued Mining Area C and South Flank tie-in activity. Guidance for the 2021 financial year remains unchanged at between 244 million and 253 million mt (276 and 286 million mt on a 100% basis), BHP said.

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