OZ Minerals provides project updates

DEVELOPMENT: Concentrate Treatment Plant Project Director Brett Triffett, General Manager of Prominent Hill John Penhall and Deputy General Manager of Carrapateena Jack Dermody.
DEVELOPMENT: Concentrate Treatment Plant Project Director Brett Triffett, General Manager of Prominent Hill John Penhall and Deputy General Manager of Carrapateena Jack Dermody.

OZ Minerals hosted a community information session in Port Augusta on Wednesday, June 13 to provide updates on the Carrapateena mine, Concentration Treatment Plant and new transmission line projects.

Construction of the Carrapateena mine – located on the eastern margin of the Gawler Craton, 160 kilometres north of Port Augusta – is well underway.

Workers are currently constructing an airstrip, while Stage 1 of the Tjungu accommodation village is being occupied, enabling more people to stay on site.

OZ Minerals representatives also provided updates on the Northern Wellfield, which will be used to supply water for the Carrapateena mine. Construction of Northern Wellfield is expected to be completed in 2019 and ready for operation in 2020.

With many residents and local business owners attending the information session at Central Oval, OZ Minerals Chief Executive Officer Andrew Cole said it was a good opportunity to speak with the community to get an understanding of what is important to them.

“We are committed to ensuring the views of the local community are taken into consideration as we progress our projects in the region such as Carrapateena, and the building of a new transmission line,” Mr Cole said.

Meanwhile, the Promiment Hill mine is in operation, employing about 800 contractors and employees, with a mine life until at least 2029.

OZ Minerals has commenced preliminary work to build a new Hill to Hill Transmission Line in a bid to achieve reliable, secure and affordable power for assets in the Gawler Craton.

The proposed Concentrate Treatment Plant is in the final engineering study phase, with Port Augusta still tipped as the preferred site. The plant would service both the Carrapateena and Prominent Hill mines.

Local businesses were encouraged to get involved in the procurement process by submitting expressions of interest on the Industry Capability Network (ICN).

Over 150 Carrapateena work packages have been advertised on ICN, with more than 1200 expressions of interest received.

The mining projects have resulted in a commitment of over $180 million worth of work for South Australian businesses, including about $20M in the Upper Spencer Gulf.

One of the local businesses to benefit from the employment packages is Britto’s Earthmoving and Plant Hire.

Britto’s Director John Brittain said the projects have helped his business grow from a handful of workers to 21 employees.

“It’s been a really good opportunity and we’ve found OZ Minerals to be really accommodating with local employment,” Mr Brittain said.

OZ Minerals is set to hold community information sessions in Port Pirie, Whyalla, Andamooka, Roxby Downs and Woomera.