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About: The Mutooroo copper deposit is located in South Australia approximately 60 kilometres west of Broken Hill. It is being developed by Havilah Resources, which has applied to the South Australian Government to have it issue a mining licence to allow further development and commercialisation of the ore body.

Mutooroo can Produce Copper, Sulphur, Gold and Cobalt

The Mutooroo mineralisation is a lode style large sulphide deposit containing around 13.1 million tonnes of ore grading at 1.48 percent copper, as well as a reasonable amount of sulphur, gold and cobalt. Metallurgical studies have reported that processing of the mineralisation with a modern acid/roasting plant would allow the recovery of, iron ore, cobalt, copper and sulphuric acid, as well as electricity. Electricity being a by-product resulting from the heat created in the processing procedure.

Mutooroo can be Developed as an Open pit Mining Operation

The feasibility study undertaken on the Mutooroo Project to date, has mainly focused on defining part of the resource that is considered most likely to be developed as an open cut mining operation.This reasoning is based on an open pit shell outlined in past scoping studies at the site. To date only 700 metres of over 2,000 metres of strike of the Mutooroo deposit has been sufficiently drilled to a resource status. Detailed mine design work has been carried out by a reputable mining engineer based on a resource block model of the Mutooroo deposit.

The Mutooroo ore body contains more than 2.5 million tonnes of sulphur which makes it important for consideration as feedstock in the production of sulphuric acid. Testwork has shown the sulphide ore, when roasted, produces sulphuric acid. Copper and cobalt can then be leached from the calcine residue that is actually pure iron ore. The process of roasting and the generation of acid is greatly exothermic (chemical change that releases heat). This heat is able to be harnessed to produce a considerable amount of electricity.

To carry out the process of creating sulphuric acid from Mutooroo sulphide ore, a large quantity of quality water will be required, however, because of the great demand for sulphuric acid in South Australia it is believed that all the sulphuric acid produced would be consumed locally in other nearby mining operations. Alternatively, recovery of the copper as a high grade concentrate could be achieved by flotation that would be followed up with roasting.

Copper Previously Mined at Mutooroo Site Between 1887 and 1914

A copper mine existed at Mutooroo between 1887 and 1914, which produced around 6,000 tonnes of mainly hand picked oxidised ore, as well as 2,557 tonnes of ore grading at 6.58 percent copper, plus a further 218 tonnes grading at 19.3 percent copper. In more recent times the Mutooroo deposit has been left dormant until Havilah Resources began exploratory drilling at the site in 2005, although Broken Hill South completed the drilling of over 30 holes during the 1970's. Havilah Resources have focused their diamond drilling program on the previously untested top 200 metres of the Mutooroo deposit in order to prove up the feasibilty of mining the lode as an open pit mining operation.

Havilah Resources

Havilah Resources established in late 1996 to explore for gold and other metals in South Australia. During the following three years the Company acquired a strategic, 100% owned ground holding in the Curnamona Province, covering over 6000 square kilometres of highly prospective Broken Hill more


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