BHP and bp trial diesel and vegetable oil blend in WA mine

Resource giants BHP and bp partner to trial blended diesel and hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) in mine operations to reduce emissions.

Taking place at BHP’s Yandi mine in WA’s Pilbara, the partnership will see bp supplying BHP with the blended diesel, initially 20 per cent HVO and increasing to 50 per cent in time. 

Frederic Baudry, President of bp Australia and SVP fuels and low carbon solutions, Asia Pacific, said the partnership is crucial to bp’s net zero future. 

“bp’s ambition to be net zero by 2050 or sooner recognises the crucial role we have to work with our customers and partners to meet their decarbonisation needs. 

“Globally, bp plans to increase its investment in low carbon energy. Forging strategic partnerships with companies like BHP enables bp to create solutions that satisfy the increasing demand for lower carbon fuels in sectors like mining and transport,” he said. 

Brandon Craig, Asset President, BHP Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO), said the partnership with bp forms a large part of BHPs approach to decarbonisation. 

“About 40 per cent of BHP’s operational greenhouse gas emissions come from using diesel fuel, and this is a core focus of our decarbonisation strategy.

“This collaboration with the teams at Yandi and bp is really exciting to see, given the potential application in our WAIO business and BHP’s operations globally,” he said. 

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