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Resource Copper (Cu), Gold (Au), Silver (Ag)
CompanyOZ Minerals    
Status Approved retention lease (RL 127); developing mining proposal
Proposed mining operation Construction of a drill and blast decline for the purpose of undertaking further geotechnical investigations and studies to support potential future mining developments
Location On the eastern margin within South Australia's highly prospective Gawler Craton, approximately 160 km north of Port Augusta         
Tenement information
Retention lease RL 127; Exploration leases EL 4903 and EL 5768

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

The deposit An iron-oxide copper-gold deposit hosted in a brecciated granite complex, mostly chalcopyrite with a central high grade bornite zone
Proposed mining operation OZ Minerals are currently undertaking feasibility studies to mine the copper deposit using a 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 the decline to the surface.
Ore will be processed onsite to produce concentrate which will be transported off site for 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 developing projects resource estimates and production statistics (PDF, updated regularly)

Approval process
  • Retention lease in place for the advanced exploration decline
  • A mining lease is required for the development of the ore body
  • Miscellaneous purposes licences are required for supporting infrastructure
Documents and reports 

OZ Minerals Carrapateena Pty Ltd and OZM Carrapateena Pty Ltd (collectively referred to as OZ Minerals) has submitted a miscellaneous purposes licence (MPL) for the purposes of construction and operation of an airstrip, worker's accommodation village and ancillary infrastructure associated with retention lease 127 (RL 127) and future mining lease (ML) (if granted).

Compliance reports

PEPR