Port pinch bites BHP iron ore flow

IRON ore production increased 2% to a record 175 million tonnes for the nine months to March 31, however, car dumper problems and Cyclone Joyce hit volumes.

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Port Hedland problems bite BHP volumes.

Those volumes were down 6% and a program of work is underway to improve car dumper availability and performance.

For the 2017-18 year BHP expects its guidance to fall to between 236 million tonnes and 238Mt, or 272Mt-274Mt on a 100% basis due to the car dumper issue

That is a shame because Jimblebar and Mining Area C enjoyed record production and rail reliability was improved.

The WA Iron Ore operation also suffered the impact of lower opening stockpile levels due to the Mt Whaleback fire last June as well as planned maintenance and port debottlenecking efforts in the first half of FY18.

On February 16 BHP received regulatory approval to increase capacity at its Port Hedland operations to 290 million tonnes per annum on a 100% basis and it expects to r...