Jess Farrell’s recent keynote presentation at the WA Mining Club Luncheon showcased her passion for the mining industry, her commitment to sustainable practices, and her vision for a decarbonised future. As the Asset President of nickel West at BHP, Farrell’s leadership and dedication to collaboration are driving significant positive change in the industry.
One of the standout aspects of Farrell’s presentation was her emphasis on the importance of spending time on Country, understanding the stories and cultural connections, and fostering strong relationships with Indigenous communities. Farrell’s commitment to building partnerships with the traditional owners reflects a genuine effort to create a sustainable and responsible mining industry that benefits all Australians.
Farrell’s love for the mining industry was evident. Having worked in various senior positions across different fields, she expressed her appreciation for the opportunities and experiences the mining sector has provided her. She emphasised the importance of collaboration and innovation in driving success in the mining industry. Her focus on “collaborating for success” was a theme that echoed throughout her presentation, highlighting the need for unity and shared goals in achieving a sustainable future.
A significant part of Farrell’s presentation revolved around BHP’s role in supporting the transition to a decarbonised world. As the largest producer of nickel by volume in Western Australia, BHP’s nickel West is strategically positioned to contribute to the growing demand for electric vehicle batteries. Farrell showcased BHP’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and supporting the energy transition by securing renewable energy to power operations. The large-scale renewable power purchase agreements with solar and wind farms demonstrate the company’s determination to lower its carbon footprint significantly.
Furthermore, Farrell’s emphasis on exploring new technologies and innovations, such as mineral carbonation at the Mount Keith tailings facility, shows a proactive approach to carbon offsetting and the potential to turn the tailings dam into one of the world’s largest carbon sinks.
Apart from focusing on sustainable practices within the company’s operations, Farrell also highlighted BHP’s active involvement in the community. The proposed smelter rebuild and renewal project in the Goldfields not only presents growth opportunities for BHP but also signifies the company’s commitment to collaborate with communities, councils, and indigenous contracting partners.
Farrell’s dedication to sustainable mining and decarbonisation aligns with the broader global trends in the industry. As the world moves toward electric vehicles and a lower carbon future, BHP’s focus on producing nickel at a lower carbon emission intensity is commendable. Moreover, the company’s investment in renewable energy projects demonstrates its proactive approach to support the transition to clean energy.
By fostering partnerships, investing in renewable energy, and exploring innovative solutions, Farrell is driving BHP’s efforts to be a leader in responsible and sustainable mining. Her commitment to collaboration and sustainability serves as an inspiration for the industry to work together towards a better future for all Australians and the global community.