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Resource

Copper (Cu), Gold (Au), Silver (Ag)

CompanyOZ Minerals Carrapateena Pty Ltd and OZM Carrapateena Pty Ltd (collectively referred to as OZ Minerals)
Status Mineral lease (ML), five miscellaneous purposes licences (MPL), and nine extractive mineral lease (EML) applications have been granted.  
Current operations Construction of a copper, gold and silver underground mine, processing plant, tailings storage facility, power supply and water supply.
Location On the eastern margin within South Australia's highly prospective Gawler Craton, approximately 160 km north of Port Augusta and approximately 62 km east of Woomera                    
Existing  tenements
  • Mineral lease ML 6471 (over RL 127)
  • Miscellaneous purposes licences MPL 149, MPL 152, MPL 153, MPL 154 and MPL 156
  • Extractive mineral leases EML 6480 - 6488

More information about the tenements can be found from the South Australia Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

The deposit An iron oxide – copper-gold (IOCG) deposit hosted in a brecciated granite complex, mostly chalcopyrite with a central high grade bornite zone
Mining operation
  • Underground mining process called sub-level caving where the deposit is blasted then collected by loaders, crushed, and loaded onto a conveyor belt that transports the ore up to the surface
  • Ore will be processed onsite to produce concentrate
  • Concentrate may undergo further processing through a concentrate treatment plant

Further information is available on the OZ Minerals website

Resource estimates and production statistics

Company released resource estimates and production statistics for South Australia's developing projects are summarised in South Australia's major operating/approved mines: resources estimates and production statistics

Application and assessment process OZ Minerals was granted a mineral lease (ML) on January 2018 application and three miscellaneous purposes licence (MPL) applications on 26 May 2017 for the purposes of carrying out mining operations for the recovery of copper, gold and silver. Nine extractive mineral leases, EMLs 6480-6488 were granted on 13 July 2018. Five miscellaneous purposes licences (MPL) have been issued for ancillary infrastructure (water supply, accommodation facilities, and airport) associated with the mining operations.
Current documents 

Programs for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)

Program for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation for ML 6471, MPLs 152, 153 , 154 and 156

Program for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation for MPL149

Mining lease proposal and management plans

Compliance report