Explosives manufacturer Incitec Pivot has put forward a potential $400 million acid plant at Phosphate Hill, south east of Dajarra, in Queensland.
The potential plant will replace the void left after Xstrata closes its copper refinery in 2016, the North West Star reports.
The manufacturer would use sulphur dioxide from the copper smelter at its acid plant.
Gerrish Burstow, Incitec Pivot’s Phosphate Hill and Mount Isa operations manager, said they are working through the feasibility stages at the moment.
“Hopefully by the end of the year we’ll decide whether we will pursue that," Burstow said.
"We’re currently looking at a couple of alternatives."