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The Olympic Dam operation. Source: BHP

BHP has awarded local construction materials manufacturer Adbri a four-year contract extension at the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia.

The $160 million contract involves the supply of cement and lime to Olympic Dam, which holds major copper, gold, silver and uranium deposits.

The extension will run through to mid 2026 and represents a 20-year supply relationship between Adbri and BHP.

Adbri chief executive officer Nick Miller thanked BHP for continuing to choose local materials over imported alternatives.

“We are pleased to extend our long-term relationship with BHP at its Olympic Dam Project which demonstrates the strength of our integrated cement and lime position as well as our high quality and cost competitive product offering,” he said.

“We thank BHP for supporting a home-grown manufacturer over an imported product which protects local jobs and benefits the broader South Australian economy.”

The contract extension follows Alcoa’s decision to not extend its lime contract with Adbri after July 2021, and instead will opt for imported products.

The Olympic Dam mine s the largest copper operation in Australia and operates an integrated processing facility from ore to metal.

BHP recently awarded Monadelphous a contract at the BHP mine to provide ulti-disciplinary construction services as part of the Olympic Dam Assets Projects Framework Agreement.