Copper producer CuDeco has temporarily suspended operations at its Rocklands mine process plant in Queensland.
The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mining directed CuDeco to halt operations after it identified several issues with the process plant.
According to CuDeco, the suspension will remain in place pending further review of the site safety and health management system (SHMS) and its implementation to ensure compliance under state regulations.
CuDeco chairman Peter Hutchison said the company would ensure all necessary efforts were made to address the issues raised by the mines department.
“We sincerely regret this incident, since the health and safety of our workforce is the number one priority for our company,” Hutchison said.
“We will be working closely with the department to complete the review of the mine’s SHMS and procedures as quickly as possible, to address any defects and ensure they are addressed to the fullest extent possible.”
Hutchison said the suspension was disappointing given CuDeco’s recent progress towards achieving nameplate production at the plant, with November set to be a record month at its Cloncurry mine.
“We will work closely with our approximately 300 employees and contractors to resolve the issues and avoid any repetition as we work together towards delivering a safe and productive operation for the benefit of all,” he added.