OZ Minerals’ Carrapateena project will progress to phase two of construction following approval from both the state and federal government.
The Mining Lease and Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) approvals conclude the primary requirements necessary for the project and follow the signing of a Native Title Mining Agreement between OZ Minerals and the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation in September 2017.
Phase one which is currently underway, includes construction of a 550 bed accommodation village and airstrip, as well as the continued development of the dual access underground decline.
Phase two will see above ground infrastructure take shape, including the processing plant, tailings storage facility, underground materials handling system, access roads and power lines.
With mobilisation of phase two set to begin from mid-April, Carrapateena is on track as scheduled.
“Receiving the Mining Lease and EPBC approval is the product of significant effort on the part of the State Government working closely with the Federal Department to ensure this project received a robust and thorough review. We greatly appreciate the efforts of both parties,” OZ Minerals Chief Executive Officer Andrew Cole said.
“We have also had our detailed operational plan (Program for Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation) approved by the South Australian Government, representing the conclusion of a significant amount of work on behalf of government departments.”
The $916 million copper-gold underground mine, 160 kilometres north of Port Augusta, is South Australia’s second biggest copper mine after Olympic Dam and is expected to generate around 1000 jobs from construction through to production.
The estimated commissioning date remains in 2019 with the average life of the mine and annual production expected to be 65,000 tonnes of copper and 67,000 ounces of gold.