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OZ Minerals obtains approval for second phase of construction at Carrapateena

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Global Mining Review,

OZ Minerals’ AUS$916 million Carrapateena copper gold project has obtained approval from the South Australian and Commonwealth Governments, clearing the way for mobilisation of Phase 2 of construction from mid-April 2018, as scheduled.

According to OZ Minerals, the Mining Lease and Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) approvals conclude the primary approvals required for the project and follow the signing of a Native Title Mining Agreement between OZ Minerals and the Kokatha Aboriginal Corp. in September 2017.

“Receiving the Mining Lease and EPBC approval is the product of significant effort on the part of the State Government working closely with the Federal Department to ensure this project received a robust and thorough review. We greatly appreciate the efforts of both parties,” said CEO of OZ Minerals, Andrew Cole.

“We have also had our detailed operational plan (Programme for Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation) approved by the South Australian Government, representing the conclusion of a significant amount of work on behalf of government departments.”

A two-phased work programme was developed for the Carrapateena project. According to the company, Phase 1, which is currently underway, sees construction of enabling infrastructure including a 550-bed accommodation village and airstrip, as well as the continued development of the dual access underground decline. Phase 1 is progressing on budget and on schedule. Phase 2 comprises the construction of processing and above ground infrastructure, including the processing plant, tailings storage facility, underground materials handling system, access roads and power line.

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