Queensland copper producer CuDeco has announced a milestone for its Rocklands Copper Mine, sending its first shipment of sulphide copper concentrate to China.
Around 4635 wet metric tonnes (WMT) of sulphide copper concentrate was sent from the site near Cloncurry on Saturday, sold to Oceanwide International Trading Co. under the existing offtake agreement. It comes after a 1000 WMT shipment of native copper in the first week of October, with another shipment of 300 WMT of native copper scheduled for later this month.
CuDeco’s managing director, Dr. Dianmin Chen, said the shipment marked another key achievement for the new Rocklands plant as it ramps up towards nameplate capacity.
“This delivery is an important milestone for CuDeco as we work towards the commencement of continuous bulk shipments from Rocklands, and with it a substantial increase in concentrate exports, bringing substantial cash flows to the company,” he said.
“Achieving Rocklands’ potential is our key focus ahead of the mine’s official opening later this month, and with exploration activity already recommenced, we see the potential for an extension in the mine life and its capacity to deliver long-term benefits to the whole region.”
Rocklands has now produced more than 2500 dry metric tonnes of copper metal in both native copper and sulphide copper concentrate, with the company focused on copper-gold production in its early stage of operations.