CMOC-Northparkes Mines receives final approval for new block cave project

January 10, 2019

A $200 million new block cave project at CMOC-Northparkes Mines, a NSW Minerals Council member, has been given final approval.

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China Molybdenum Company (CMOC) and Sumitomo announced the approval, called E26 Lift 1 North (E26L1N).
Construction of the project will start this month and take more than three years.
 
The mine is expected to reach full production in mid 2022 and will produce 40 mega tonnes of ore over 10 years.
 
“We are really excited to see this project come to fruition and to watch Northparkes continue to develop and grow,” Executive Chairman and CEO, CMOC Group, Steele Li said this week.
 
The project will deliver 11km of underground development, an underground primary crusher, conveying systems and associated infrastructure. 
 
At the peak of construction, the project will employ up to 180 employees and contractors, in good news for the region.
 
This project is covered by the current project approvals, licences and permits. An upgrade to the ventilation system is currently being developed to provide the new mine with sufficient air flow to support development and production activities. 

The E26L1N operation will be designed to utilise an increased level of automation and digitisation, helping to deliver a safer and more productive mine.
 
“This is a major investment in the future of our business and a very exciting time for Northparkes,” said Northparkes Acting Managing Director, Hubert Lehman. 
 
“We look forward to continuing to contribute to the local community in which we live and work for years to come.”
 
Northparkes was the first mine in Australia to use the block cave mining method, becoming a more widely used mining method throughout the world. 
 
In 2015, Northparkes became the world’s most automated underground mine with 100% of production from automated loaders.  
 
“We know the exploration potential of Northparkes and we believe we will discover more copper and gold deposits to take us even further into the future,” Mr Lehmann said.
 
“Northparkes is the world’s most automated underground block-cave mine and we are proud of our history and achievements. The mine has been operating for 24 years and we have a vision of a century of mining together, here in NSW’s Central West.”
 
CMOC-Northparkes Mines is a gold and copper mine located 27km northwest of Parkes and has approved development consent to mine until 2032.
 

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