CuDeco’s Rocklands copper mine near Cloncurry has produced its first concentrate.
The company said ore slurry from the ball mill was put through the flotation circuit, thickener and then the filter plant yesterday in an important test for the new plant.
The successful completion of these tests has demonstrated that all circuits are working properly, following June’s successful production of the first native copper from the Jig circuit.
CuDeco plans to gradually increase the mill feed and further enhance plant performance towards commercial production.
It remains on target to achieve the first shipment of native copper in July and first shipment of sulphide concentrates in late September or the first half of October to the export market.
“Today’s milestone is another important step for Rocklands as we build confidence in the successful completion of its construction and commissioning towards commercial production and delivery of near-term cash flow,” managing director Dianmin Chen said.
“It has been a great effort by operators, management staff and contractors and I congratulate all involved for this important achievement.
“We continue to focus on ramping up production as quickly and as safely as possible, to generate shareholder value while maximising economic benefits for all stakeholders.”
Dr Chen said Rocklands currently had 110 staff on site plus 50 contract workers and the project was expected to generate more than 200 jobs at full production, creating an additional 400 jobs in the North Queensland region due to the economic spin-offs.