May 17, 2020

Construction of the Carrapateena copper mine launched in Australia

mining
Australian mining
Copper Mining
South Australia
Dale Benton
2 min
Construction of the Carrapateena copper mine launched in Australia
Construction is officially underway on the Carrapateena Mine, a new copper mine in South Australia.

Oz Minerals launched the construction of the mine t...

Construction is officially underway on the Carrapateena Mine, a new copper mine in South Australia.

Oz Minerals launched the construction of the mine this week, which is located 160 kilometres north of Port Augusta at the top of Spencer Gulf.

Construction has technically been ongoing for the past few months, but the official launch was delayed due to a state-wide electricity blackout during September.

The construction of the mine is expected to take just over two years and recent work has indicated that there is a potential 20+ mine life.

Carrapateena

The Carrapateena is an iron-oxide copper gold deposit and is one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in Australia.

Currently in pre-feasibility stage, Carrapateena has a base case of 4.0 Mtpa of copper iron ore. Oz Minerals is expected to announce the results of the study before the end of 2016.

Oz Minerals will be using he sub-level caving method for mining at the site.

With construction officially underway OZ Minerals anticipated over 1000 jobs will be created during construction and operation of the project.

The company strives to develop strong relationships and engagement with the traditional owners, such as the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation, as well as local communities and pastoralists.

Oz Minerals

OZ Minerals was formed in 2008 by the merger of two Australian non-ferrous metals mining businesses - Oxiana and Zinifex.

Based in Adelaide, Oz Minerals has two prominent operation projects – Carrrapateena, and the aptly titled Prominent Hill.

Prominent Hill produces over 100,000 tonnes of copper every year, with around 1,200 employees and contractors employed at the site.

 

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Jul 20, 2021

British Lithium Pressured Due To Calls for Electric Cars

BritishLithium
mining
Lithium
Sustainability
3 min
The ever-increasing need for electric vehicles is mounting pressure on British Lithium as the 2035 deadline inches closer

The British demand for lithium is set to reach 75,000 tonnes by 2035 as the government works towards their ban on the sale of high-polluting diesel and petrol vehicles within the UK. This comes as automakers worldwide continue to insist on the benefits electric vehicles will have on slowing the rate of climate change. 

It is estimated that the UK will require 50,000-60,000 MT of lithium carbonate a year by 2035 for battery production to satisfy government needs. This is assuming production remains at 1.2 million vehicles per year, and the amount of lithium required does not increase.

British Lithium, which hopes to begin constructing a quarry to produce 20,000 MT of lithium carbonate a year in a $400 million investment, are not without competitors, both within the UK and abroad. 

Competition For Lithium Rises In Europe 

After only five years after its initial launch, Cornish Lithium is setting its sights on becoming a UK powerhouse in mining lithium, aiming to begin commercial production in under four years. Jeremy Wrathall, a former investment banker and current managing director of Cornish Lithium, had the future in mind when founding the company. 

“In 2016, I started to think about the electric vehicle revolution and what that would mean for metal demand, and I started to think about lithium,” he said in an interview with AFP. “A friend of mine mentioned lithium being identified in Cornwall, and I just wondered if that was a sort of unrecognised thing in the UK.”

Lithium was first discovered in Cornwall around 1864 and has not been mined again since 1914 when it was produced as an ingredient in fireworks. Now, however, Cornish Lithium is reportedly in the testing stage to see if the metal can be produced commercially to meet the growing demand required for the electric car sector. 

Despite Cornwall’s close historic ties to mining lithium, Wrathall insists that the project is purely commercial. 

Cornish Mining Revival For Lithium Production

“It’s not a mission that drives me to the point of being emotional or romantic,” he says. “It’s vitally important that we do get this technology otherwise Europe has got no lithium supply.”

The European Commission has also stated their goal to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 to aid the environment. That being said, the majority of lithium extraction currently relies on power provided by environmentally damaging fossil fuels─a slight contradiction. 

Alex Keynes, from the Brussels-based lobby group Transport & Environment, is adamant that mining for lithium should be done sustainably. 

“Our view is that medium-to-long term, the majority of materials including lithium should come from efficient and clean recycling.

“Europe from a strategic point of view should be looking at securing its own supply of lithium.”

Despite growing competition from abroad, British Lithium Chairman, Roderick Smith, continues to place importance on the mining of lithium within the UK. 

“Imagine what the UK economy would look like if we lost our automotive industry,” Smith says. “The stakes are high for the UK.”

Smith expects the UK to compete with other European countries to secure a lithium battery plant in the near future.

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