BHP Billiton Group has restarted operations at its Olympic Dam copper-uranium mine after a temporary shutdown following a power outage in South Australia, Reuters reported Sept. 28, citing an emailed statement from the company.
The company is running the operations on backup power generators.
According to Bloomberg News, the entire state lost electricity after severe winds and storms hit the region.
Adelaide-based SA Power Networks said the utility is working to restore electricity supply to their customers. Meanwhile, State Premier Jay Weatherill said the outage may continue for an "extended period."
Earlier, the national Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning, predicting winds averaging up to 75 kilometers per hour, Bloomberg reported.