BHP Billiton requests Olympic Dam extension



Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis said the State government had received a letter from BHP Billiton requesting an extension beyond the 15 December deadline for approving the Olympic Dam expansion.

Speaking today after a meeting with BHP Billiton, Mr Koutsantonis said: "Very careful consideration will now be given to the company's request and the reasons given for seeking an extension.

"This careful consideration will include our own due diligence into the changes now being suggested by BHP Billiton as a lower-cost alternative to the proposed expansion comprehensively set out in the company's EIS."