October 12, 2016 / 8:36 PM / a year ago

Power restored to mines in South Australia after blackout - utility

SYDNEY, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Electricity has been restored to mining and industrial areas in South Australia, including BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine, South Australia’s electricity utility said, a fortnight after a storm blacked out the entire state.

“ElectraNet’s industrial customers now have full load levels available to them,” the state’s electricity provider said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

A BHP Billiton spokeswoman could not immediately say if production at the copper mine had restarted.

Mining at Olympic Dam and at Oz Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine was halted when a storm destroyed power transmission lines and blacked out South Australia on September 28. (Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Dominic Evans)

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