Mount Lyell copper mine to remain closed for now

There is no set timeframe for the reopening of Mount Lyell copper mine as low commodity prices force the mine’s owner to revaluate its plans.

Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT) said falling copper prices has forced it to reassess options in relation to the restart of the mine.

The operation has been in care in maintenance since July 2014 after a rockfall in the ventilation shaft.

But the mine originally closed in January 2014 after 53 year-old mobile plant operator Michael Welsh was killed by a mud rush.

In December2013, two workers were killed when they fell down a shaft.

Site manager Jared DeRoss said CMT had spent $11 million in exploration and environmental projects at the safe, and that when the mine did reopen it would use a safer mining method, ABC reported.

There are around 60 people working at the mine in order to maintain it, however CMT could not give an exact date for when production at the site would restart.

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