One of the World’s Biggest Mining Companies: BHP
Mining News Pro - BHP, formerly BHP Billiton Limited, incorporated on August 13, 1885, is a global resources company. The Company is a producer of various commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium.
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According to Mining News Pro - The Company`s segments include Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore and Coal. The Petroleum segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The Copper segment is engaged in mining of copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium and gold. The Iron Ore segment is engaged in mining of iron ore. The Coal segment is engaged in mining of metallurgical coal and thermal (energy) coal.

BHP is one of the world`s largest mining and resource companies with roughly 100,000 employees in over 25 countries. The company is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (as BHP Billiton Ltd.), as well as on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (as BHP Billiton Plc).
The company’s operations located mainly in Australia and the Americas.

In 2017 the company reported an annual revenue of approximately 43.6 billion U.S. dollars, down from 59 billion U.S. dollars in 2008. Moreover, being one of the largest mining companies worldwide, its market capitalization amounted to some 44.07 billion U.S. dollars as of September 2018, making it one of the leading global players in the mining sector.
According to “Statista”, here is the list of the brand value of the top mining companies in 2018:



Activities

Aluminum Operations
BHP is the world`s seventh largest aluminum producer. The company`s aluminum portfolio includes bauxite production, bauxite refining for the production of alumina, as well as the smelting of aluminum metal.
Aluminum Assets Include:

The Alumar refinery and smelter - Brazil (36-40% ownership)
The Boddington bauxite mine and Worsley refinery - Australia (86%)
The Mozal smelter - Mozambique (47.1%)
The Hillside and Bayside smelters - South Africa (100%)
Mineração Rio do Norte  - Brazil (14.8%)

Base Metal Operations
BHP base metal production includes copper, silver, lead, and zinc. The Escondida mine in Chile is the world`s largest single producer of copper. Base metal assets include:

Antamina - Peru (33.75% ownership)
Pinto Valley - USA (100%)
Spence - Chile (100%)
Cerro Colorado - Chile (100%)
Cannington - Australia (100%)
Escondida - Chile (57.5%)

Nickel Operations

BHP is the world`s fourth largest producer of nickel, producing and selling nickel briquettes, powders, and ferronickel granules, as well as nickel matte and concentrate. The company`s nickel assets include Cerro Matoso in Colombia and Nickel West in Australia.

Iron Ore Operations
BHP’s iron ore operations are concentrated in Western Australia and Brazil. Producing fine and lump iron ore, the Mt. Whaleback mine in Western Australia is the biggest single-pit open-cut iron ore mine in the world and is more than 5 kilometers long and nearly 1.5 kilometers wide. More than 1000 kilometers of rail infrastructure and port facilities connect this with BHP`s six adjacent mines.
The Samarco operation in Brazil produces more than 21 million tonnes of iron ore pellets and one million tonnes of concentrates.



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