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Mining giant announces $300M dust reduction project

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A multinational resources company will significantly remove potentially hazardous airborne particles from its metal mines in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

BHP will spend a further $300 million on its Pilbara Air Quality Program to reduce dust emissions and improve air quality across its WA iron ore operations over the next five years.

Managing lift-off and moisture

The project involves erecting wind fences at port operations to minimise dust lift-off from stockpiles and vegetation barriers to capture dust in the West End of Port Hedland.

It will also require new moisture management systems, ore conditioning and monitoring infrastructure, and improvements across existing controls at mine and port locations.

Extensive consultation

Management promised to involve mine workers and the general public in every step of the process.

“We recognise we have a shared responsibility to address dust issues in the Pilbara,” BHP general manager port operations Nilson Davila said in a public statement.

“We have worked, and will continue to work closely with government, industry and the community to further improve air quality controls at our operations and for the communities in which we operate.”

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In the past decade, BHP spent $400M on earlier dust reduction projects across the company’s entire supply chain.

Work will begin after the project receives internal and state government approval.

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