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

CompanyOZ Minerals Carrapateena Pty Ltd and OZM Carrapateena Pty Ltd (collectively referred to as OZ Minerals)
Status Operating               
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 to 6488

Tenement location and information can be found via the South Australia Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

The deposit 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
  • Mining lease proposal and miscellaneous purposes licence  management plans submitted May 2017
  • Miscellaneous purposes licence - airstrip, worker's accommodation village and ancilliary infrastructure granted 5 July 2017
  • Mineral lease granted 3 January 2018 for the purposes of carrying out mining operations for the recovery of copper, gold and silver
  • Nine extractive mineral leases, EMLs 6480 to 6488 granted 13 July 2018
  • Five miscellaneous purposes licences (MPLs) 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 EML 6480 to EML 6488 inclusive

  • EPEPR2019/010 covering EMLs 6480-6488 (PDF 23 MB)
    EML 6480 - Mount Gunson 1, EML 6481 - Mount Gunson 2, EML 6482 - Elizabeth Creek 1, EML 6483 - Elizabeth Creek 2, EML 6484 - Bonney Bluff 1, EML 6485 - Bonney Bluff 2, EML 6486 - Yeltacowie A, EML 6487 - Yeltacowie B, EML 6488 - Midway

Program for environment protection and rehabilitation for ML 6471, MPLs 152, 153, 154, 156, and 149

Mining lease proposal and management plans

Compliance report

Independent third party tailings storage facility (TSF) expert audit report

Independent expert report submitted in accordance with Second Schedule Lease Conditions 4, 5, 6, 9,10 and 12 for ML 6471

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