Queensland copper producer CuDeco has resumed process plant operations and production at its Rocklands mine after work was suspended by the state’s mines department for safety reasons.
The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) last month ordered the suspension of process operations until various issues were resolved to ensure compliance with mining regulations.
The DNRM required further issues to be addressed in the gravity circuit, but allowed CuDeco to install a native copper circuit bypass during the shutdown, which had been planned for some time. Processing operations will utilise the new bypass circuit.
CuDeco chief executive officer Gongyang Jiang said the company would strive to prevent any repetition of the conditions that led to the suspension.
“The health and safety of our workforce is the highest priority. We sincerely regret this incident and are determined to take all necessary steps to ensure a safe and sustainable operation for the benefit of the whole community,” he said.
“CuDeco is committed to ongoing improvement in the operation of its SHMS, and will continue to work in collaboration with the DNRM and all other stakeholders in achieving its objective of industry best practice.”
He added Rocklands has a workforce exceeding 300 people, most of which are local employees.
“Their health and wellbeing is the highest priority for us in ensuring we honour our social licence to operate in Cloncurry,” Jiang said.