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International Copper Technology and Research Hub

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Concept report, Stage 1 - July 2016


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.

South Australia's Copper Strategy

DSD280_Copper_Strategy_-_FA-1South Australia's Copper Strategy (PDF 3.1MB)
South Australia's Copper Strategy news release

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.

News updates

July 2016
Release of International Copper Technology and Research Hub concept report, stage 1, recommending a way to establish the hub which was a major action arising from theme two of the Copper Strategy

26 February 2016
Plans for Carrapateena copper mine fast-tracked
OZ Minerals to fast-track planning of its world-class Carrapateena copper mine in South Australia's Gawler Craton

23 February 2016
South Australia's Copper Strategy to boost copper production, exports
A long-term strategy setting out clear pathways to support the resource industry to triple its copper production within the next two decades

17 December 2015
OZ Minerals new Adelaide HQ officially opened
OZ Minerals shows its confidence in the potential of South Australia's copper belt

8 December 2015
Hillgrove and SA Government forge partnership to advance Copper Strategy
Hillgrove Resources and the State Government announce a formal partnership to advance the aims of South Australia's long-term, comprehensive Copper Strategy

30 November 2015
PACE copper to drive exploration investment, new discoveries and jobs
PACE Copper, a $20 million initiative by the South Australian government to encourage further exploration and investment in South Australia's Copper Belt over the next two years

Download the PACE Copper factsheet (PDF 996KB)

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.

Developing South Australia's Copper Strategy

Download the South Australian Copper Strategy consultation directions paperA comprehensive Copper Strategy for South Australia will allow us to address those challenges so we can unlock the full potential of our assets.


Copper Strategy workshops

The Department of State Development conducted the following workshops:

  • Two workshops in Port Augusta with:
    • Aboriginal community representatives on 7 October 2015
    • Regional community and industry representatives on 8 October 2015

Workshop participants heard from DSD and industry representatives about the directions for the Copper Strategy. Participants then identified key issues and opportunities to consider in further development of the Copper Strategy.

  • The Department of State Development conducted the following workshops: a workshop in Adelaide on 21 October 2015 to consider the six focus areas to help develop practical actions for inclusion in the Copper Strategy.

More information about the workshops

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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:

Future copper production is expected to come from major developing copper projects in South Australia including Carrapateena, Khamsin and Kalkaroo.

Further information on South Australia's major copper mines and developing copper projects can be found in South Australia's Copper (PDF 1.8MB).

For more information, contact:

Charles Moore
Director, Resource and Strategy
Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force

Phone: +61 (8) 8303 2202
Department of State Development

Phone: +61 8 8226 3821