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SA copper mine closer to open

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016

WHAT IS THE CARRAPATEENA DEPOSIT?

* Carrapateena is one of the the largest undeveloped copper deposits in Australia, located about 160km north of Port Augusta in South Australia.

* Exploration at the site began in 1989 but in 2011 it was purchased by Oz Minerals, which plans to begin production there in 2019.

* The mine is expected to last for at least 20 years and Oz Minerals says the project will create more than 1000 jobs.

* A 600m-deep, 7500m-long tunnel - the 'Tjati Decline' - will provide access to Carrapateena's iron-oxide copper-gold deposit.

* An offsite, high-tech copper Concentrate Treatment Plant will help Oz Minerals export pure and valuable products from Carrapateena globally.

* The traditional owners of the land, the Kokatha people, have signed a partnering agreement with Oz Minerals about using the site.

Source: Oz Minerals

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