BHP Group Limited
171 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Main phone: 61 1300 55 47 57
Ticker Symbol: (NYSE: BHP)
Industry Sector: Materials - Industrial Metals & Mining
Full Time Employees: 45,295
BHP CEO: Mike Henry, CEO & Executive Director
What do the BHP Org Charts look like?
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Legal, Governance and External Affairs Officer
President Minerals Americas
Chief People Officer
Chief Technical Officer
Chief Commercial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Johan van Jaarsveld
Chief Development Officer
Who serves on BHP’s Board of Directors?
Chairman of the Board
CEO of BHP
Non-executive Director of Transurban Group and Coles Group Limited
Former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Orica Limited
Former Chief Technology Officer of Ringier AG
Former Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American Coal
Former Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Corporation
Former Member of KPMG’s UK Board
Managing Director and an Operating Partner of First Reserve
Non-executive Director of Stockland Limited, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Former Managing Director of EnergyAustralia
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of HP Inc.
BHP company secretary
Where is BHP investing in their business?
BHP to acquire 19.9% stake in Canada’s Brixton Metals
Australian mining giant BHP is set to invest up to C$13.9m ($10.19m) in Brixton Metals, with an aim to advance the Thorn Copper-Gold Porphyry Project in Canada. The transaction will see BHP picking Brixton Metals‘ common shares, at C$0.18 a share, in a non-brokered private placement. However, the number of shares to be issued by Brixton Metals and proceeds to be raised will be dependent on Crescat Portfolio Management’s move to exercise its pre-existing rights to take part in Brixton Metals’ equity financings. Crescat currently holds a 13.47% stake in Brixton Metals. In the event of Crescat not opting to exercise its rights, Brixton Metals will issue 74,363,172 of its common shares to BHP, for C$13.4m ($9.8m) in aggregate gross proceeds. If Crescat exercises its participation, Brixton Metals would issue 12,042,415 of its common shares to Crescat for C$2.2m in gross proceeds and 77,354,983 common shares to BHP for C$13.9m in aggregate gross proceeds. The private placement is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval, as well as other customary closing conditions, and is planned to complete in mid-November 2022.
Brixton Metals chairman and CEO Gary Thompson said: “We believe that the Thorn Project has the potential to help fill the immense demand for critical metals, such as copper, as our economy transitions to a sustainable low-carbon and electrified world.” In connection with the private placement, Brixton also signed an investment agreement with BHP, whereby the latter will hold certain rights and privileges to acquire common shares in Brixton on a pro-rata basis in the future.
BHP and Rio Tinto to collaborate on new tailings technology
Global miners BHP and Rio Tinto have formed a partnership agreement to accelerate the development of technology that could significantly increase water recovery from mine tailings, and in turn reduce potential safety risks and environmental footprints associated with tailings storage facilities. The first project will involve testing the application of an innovative large-volume filter unit at a BHP copper mine in Chile, which would remove up to 80% of the water in the tailings stream before it is deposited in a storage facility. Rio Tinto will bring its experience from implementing smaller-scale tailings filters for bauxite residues at alumina refineries since 2005. Both organisations will work in collaboration with leading technology and equipment providers, technical experts, research groups and the academic sector. Manufacture of the filter unit is already underway. The pilot construction is due to begin in early 2023 and operations are scheduled to commence in early 2024. The pilot will test the potential of a large-scale tailings filter unit for scalability and cost-effectiveness across global mining operations. Removing more water from tailings would reduce potential risks associated with moisture in storage facilities, reduce the footprint required by such facilities, and create opportunities to productively re-use tailings, for example, as raw material for glass, construction or agriculture industries.
The additional water recovered from tailings by filtration could be re-used in processing facilities, reducing overall water consumption. BHP Chief Technical Officer, Laura Tyler, said: “The world will need more critical minerals in the decades to come to support economic development and decarbonisation pathways. It is important that we keep working together across the global mining sector to raise standards and make sure our operations are as safe and sustainable as they can be. Responsible management of tailings and improved water use is a big part of that.” Rio Tinto Chief Technical Officer, Mark Davies, said: “It is in everyone’s interest that we, as an industry, find safer and more sustainable ways to manage tailings. As two of the leading companies in the sector, we want to bring our combined knowledge and expertise to address this challenge.” Tailings usually takes the form of a liquid slurry made of fine metal or mineral particles and water – created when mined ore is crushed and finely ground in a milling process to enable the metals and minerals of interest to be extracted.
ArcelorMittal, BHP and Mitsubishi team up on steel decarbonisation
ArcelorMittal has joined forces with BHP, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHIENG), and Mitsubishi Development to trial carbon capture technology at its steel plants in Belgium and North America. Japan’s MHIENG has developed the technology to be used in the trial at ArcelorMittal’s steel blast furnace in Ghent, Belgium, and one of its Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) plants in North America. BHP and Mitsubishi Development will fund this multi-year trial. The firms are the major suppliers of steel raw materials to ArcelorMittal’s operations in Europe. The parties will also carry out a feasibility and design study to support full-scale deployment. The partnership is aimed at identifying ways to enhance carbon capture and utilisation and/or storage (CCUS) technologies in the steelmaking sector, which as per Reuters is responsible for 7%-9% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Ghent trial using MHIENG’s proprietary CCUS technology will involve two phases, with phase one helping separate and capture the CO₂ top gas from the blast furnace at a rate of nearly 300kg on a daily basis. In phase two, tests will be conducted on the separating and capture of CO₂ from the off-gases in the hot strip mill reheating furnace that burns several industrial gases. ArcelorMittal Gent intends to commission its Steelanol project later this year.
The project is a scale demonstration plant to capture carbon-rich process gases from the Gent blast furnace and convert them into ethanol. This move is said to align with ArcelorMittal’s CO₂ emissions reduction goals of 35% by 2030 in Europe and 30% by 2030 globally. ArcelorMittal Belgium CEO Manfred Van Vlierberghe said: “Alongside our continued energy efficiency improvements, we are developing two routes to decarbonise steelmaking: Smart Carbon and Innovative-DRI. Both routes will contribute to our journey to deliver carbon-neutral steelmaking. “The Smart Carbon route also allows us to integrate carbon capture and re-use (CCU) or storage (CCS) technologies, capturing carbon emitted during the steelmaking process.” Recently, ArcelorMittal South Africa collaborated with Sasol to explore green hydrogen usage for steel making. BHP has also signed several partnerships in recent times for the production of green steel. This includes alliances with the University of Newcastle in Callaghan, Australia, as well as Tata Steel, among others.
What are the BHP Executives saying about business performance?
Comments from Mike Henry, BHP Chief Executive Officer:
“We have started the new financial year strongly, achieving safe and reliable operating performance. The first quarter included significant planned major maintenance in Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO), BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), and Olympic Dam.”
“Copper production was up nine per cent on the same quarter last year, with strong concentrator throughput at Escondida and record quarterly anode production at Olympic Dam. WAIO continued to perform strongly, with production up by 3% relative to the same period last year, and we managed through substantial rainfall and labour constraints in our coal assets with production only down marginally year on year. Our full year production and unit cost guidance is unchanged. The South Flank iron ore ramp-up and the Jansen potash project are tracking well, with work ongoing to bring forward first production from Jansen Stage 1 and accelerate Jansen Stage 2.”
“During the quarter, BHP struck a new agreement to supply our WAIO port facilities with renewable electricity, which is expected to halve GHG emissions from the electricity used, signed an MoU with India’s Tata Steel to collaborate on lower GHG emission steelmaking and announced a partnership with Pan Pacific Copper to reduce GHG emissions from maritime transportation, as we take further action to reduce GHG emissions from our operations and support decarbonisation of our suppliers and customers.”
“We expect global macro-economic uncertainty in the short term to continue to affect supply chains, energy costs, labour markets and equipment and materials availability. BHP remains well positioned, with a portfolio and balance sheet to withstand external challenges and a strategy positioned to benefit from the global mega-trends of decarbonisation and electrification.”
What do the BHP financials look like?
|Currency in USD|
|Fiscal Year Ends||29-Jun-22|
|Most Recent Quarter||29-Jun-22|
|Return on Assets||20.17%|
|Return on Equity||42.92%|
|Revenue Per Share||25.85|
|Quarterly Revenue Growth||4.60%|
|Net Income Avi to Common||20.25B|
|Quarterly Earnings Growth||188.90%|
|Total Cash Per Share||6.93|
|Book Value Per Share||17.77|
Cash Flow Statement
|Operating Cash Flow||32.17B|
|Levered Free Cash Flow||20.42B|
Where is BHP utilizing cloud technologies?
Lead Cloud Operations
Own the Site Reliability Engineering capability within Cloud Factory team. This includes defining, establishing, and maintaining modern DevOps & SRE approaches, processes, culture, and agile ways of working within the Cloud teams. Build close relationships with the offshore partner to ensure that the Cloud Factory supported platforms are operating in a reliable and efficient manner. Drive the improvements in the operations team by leading automation initiatives, establishing data-driven metrics and observability, optimizing cloud usage, and tuning the operational performance. Working closing with the other product owners, engineers, and our offshore delivery partner, ensure that the cloud platforms is reliable and highly automated. Have overall accountability for the successful adoption of modern DevOps in the operational support of the Cloud Factory. Evolve the cloud platform operations to be a highly effective function that operates highly reliable, integrated and automated platform for all customers. Evolve and manage SRE improvement roadmaps and strategies. Own the operational excellence of the cloud platforms. Shape the backlog: define, represent, and prioritizing streams and epics for SRE enhancements. Lead automation initiatives to enhance the stability and efficient of the cloud platforms.
Technologies in use: Cloud services: AWS and/or Azure, Cloud Automation development tools such as CI/CD, infrastructure as code
Specialist Operational Technology
The OT (Operational Technology) Support Lead role is a revision of the existing Specialist Engineer role, created as a result of the maturing OT state across Legacy Asset sites. To better support the Legacy Asset operations, BHP is expanding the remit of its OT support to provide better governance where it has implemented a standardized SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system. The intention is to drive towards reliable systems, trusted data, and ensuring the people with the right knowledge are endorsing and signing-off work. Act as a central contact point for the defined operations, leading coordination and governance of OT-related activities across several Legacy Asset operations, expanding to all 7 sites with SCADA over time. Establish partnerships, manage priorities, escalations and budgets with our System Integrator vendors, who provide primary support for the cloud-based SCADA environment. Coordinate work across the supported operations in a consistent and controlled manner, ensuring appropriate planning, documentation, and close-out is completed. This includes using a suitable management of change process and tool. Support business-led project delivery where it results in changes to OT equipment, process or software. You will ensure both the operation and the delivery team are meeting their obligations in ensuring the SCADA system will operate and can be managed effectively post-transition to operations. Provide SCADA software or reporting support when you have the ability to do so without the need for vendor engagement or endorsement.
Technologies in use: SCADA
Principal Network Engineer
Perth, Western Australia
Provide Senior Network Engineering and Security support as well as governance for Network and Security related projects and support the projects through design, build and transition to support project phases. Contribute to the broader Infrastructure Engineering capability which is a multi-domain engineering function supporting Minerals Australia projects in hosting, facilities, radio, communications, LTE and wireless technologies. Governs all network related tasks for Network & Firewall related projects, demands and works as required. Leads and supports inputs into Life of Asset, Technology roadmaps and Life cycle information for capital prioritization. Works with and supports Partner Engineers and their technical deliverables as required. Leads and supports relationships with vendors when we need to mobilise outcomes based contractors to support the workload. Leads and supports maintenance of master data in 1SAP and ServiceNow to support Asset Integrity. Leads and supports activities associated with the Corporate Alignment Planning (CAP) routines. Leads and supports creation and review of Roadmap and Infrastructure Standards for Network and Firewalls in appropriate controlled document repository. Supports operational performance reporting against our Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Technologies in use: Cisco, ASA, Checkpoint, Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching, Checkpoint/ASA certifications as well as Solarwinds and ISE, Cisco wireless, Rajant, Nokia LTE
BHP establishes new cloud agreements
BHP has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft as long-term cloud providers to help improve safety, productivity, and reliability across its global operated assets.
The collaborations with AWS and Microsoft will support two distinct parts of BHP’s operations.
BHP Chief Technical Officer, Laura Tyler, said collaborating with two world-leading cloud providers highlighted the importance of cloud to support BHP’s digital transformation.
“Digital technology is in everything we do at BHP, from how we connect to our customers and partners every day to how we extract and find resources more safely and sustainably,” she said.
“We are leveraging next generation technologies like cloud, machine learning, and data analytics to solve complex business problems and unlock value even faster.
“Cloud is the foundation to our plans, and it will enable us to deploy digital solutions to the frontline quickly and at scale. Cloud will dramatically reduce the amount of hardware on sites, and reduce costs."
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