South Australia will be the leading contributor to Australia becoming the world's third largest copper producer
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International Copper Technology and Research Hub
Concept report, Stage 1 - July 2016
- International Copper Technology and Research Hub concept report: Stage 1 - July 2016) (PDF 976KB): next steps in the development of the hub and potential core activities
- Presentations: International Copper Technology and Research Hub briefing, 23 August 2016 (PDF 2.4MB)
- Introduction: Charles Moore, Director, Resources and Strategy, Department of State Development
- Context for the Hub: Dr Paul Heithersay, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of State Development
- Industry perspective for the Hub, Terry Burgess, President, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME)
- The concept report, Dr Christopher Goodes
- South Australia's copper development roadmap, Dr Christopher Goodes
- Next steps: Charles Moore, Director, Resources and Strategy, Department of State Development
A major action arising from theme two of the Copper Strategy - Developing innovation and infrastructure services and research - is to investigate establishing an International Copper Technology and Research Hub (the hub) in South Australia.
The hub will aim to enhance the focus on commercial technology development and its application, thereby accelerating the production and value of copper products from commercial ore bodies and driving global competitiveness
This concept report recommends a way to establish the hub based on information provided by key stakeholders.
On 23 February 2016, the Premier of South Australia, Hon Jay Weatherill and the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Hon Tom Koutsantonis, launched South Australia’s Copper Strategy.
South Australia’s Copper Strategy outlines the plan to triple the State’s copper production to 1 million tonnes per year within the next two decades and ensure the South Australian community benefits from this increase.
The Copper Strategy has been a collaborative effort with input from industry, research institutions, community groups and Aboriginal representatives.
The strategy targets accelerating exploration and discovery, improved productivity and efficiency through innovation and maximising community engagement to guarantee continued public support for the resources sector.
The South Australian Government has already taken several early steps to implement the strategy, including providing $20 million for PACE Copper and $10 million to support innovative research into a process to improve copper-in-concentrate.
Copper has a key role in the 21st Century. The efficiency of copper aids sustainable construction in a rapidly urbanising world and is important in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Growth in copper demand across the world is estimated to outstrip supply from 2020.
South Australia has the resources and the expertise to meet this demand - the geologically significant Gawler Craton contains one of the world’s largest ore bodies at Olympic Dam and a host of other significant deposits, including Prominent Hill.
Our geography means we are well placed to meet the long-term demand for copper from the economic powerhouses of Asia. We have a highly-skilled workforce and academic institutions that are on the forefront of research and development.
But we also face some challenges.
- Copper summit 6 May 2015
- Discussed the challenges, opportunities and actions needed to raise South Australia’s total copper production to support Australia becoming the world’s third largest copper producer.
- South Australian copper summit feedback (PDF)
This feedback was used to develop a consultation directions paper
- Consultation directions paper: Developing South Australia's copper strategy (PDF 1.6MB)
The directions paper, which outlines six focus areas for consideration, was made available for comment on the South Australian Government's YourSay website.
- Copper strategy workshops to consider the six focus areas to help develop practical actions for inclusion in the copper strategy:
- Port Augusta
- Port Augusta
- Adelaide 21 October 2015
- Development of the Copper Strategy document
Major copper mines and developing projects
South Australia has a number of high quality deposits, including Olympic Dam - the fourth largest copper resource in the world.
South Australia currently hosts four approved poly-metallic copper mines:
For more information, contact:
Director, Resource and Strategy
Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force
Phone: +61 (8) 8303 2202
Phone: +61 8 8226 3821