SINGAPORE BHP Billiton
Plc has suspended operations at its Nickel West Leinster
underground mine in western Australia after a rock fall,
confirming that it evacuated 79 workers.
"We have begun a comprehensive
investigation as to the cause," a company spokesman told
AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin on
Monday, one day after the incident. He added that no one was
injured and all employees have been accounted for.
The evacuation process was
interrupted by a power outage, but all employees were safely
evacuated, he said.
"Plans are being developed for
resuming normal operations, including comprehensive inspections
of all parts of the mine and equipment," the spokesman
The Leinster operation is part
of BHPs Nickel West division and is located in the
Eastern Goldfields region.