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About: The Rocklands Group Copper Project, that is located in north west Queensland, 17 kilometres west of Cloncurry, and owned by CuDECO, is close to commercial production. The mine site covers an area of 1,600 hectares. The project is being developed by CuDECO within the largest copper belt in Australia. The same copper belt that includes the giant Ernest Henry and the Mt Isa copper mines.

Rocklands Group Copper Project Includes the Las Minerale, Central and Southern Zones

The Rocklands Group Copper Project takes in five subordinate shears that are located under and parallel to the main ore body, Las Minerale, that is more than one kilometre wide. This zone is called Central and Southern Rocklands. The project is one of Australia's biggest single exploration programs and one of the country's three foremost exploration programs to be undertaken in recent years that have completed the exploration and drilling program in such a short period.

CuDECO Have Taken the Rocklands Project From Discovery to Production

The Rocklands Group Copper Project owner, CuDECO Limited, specialises in exploring for copper and bringing its discoveries into production. It purchased the Rocklands tenement in 2005, an area that covers 2,200 hectares and includes many historical copper mines that have a history of producing high grade copper ore. Initial studies for the project were undertaken by an engineering consultancy company, Lycopodium Minerals. The contract to supply the Rocklands Group Copper Project's three million tonnes a year ore processing plant, was granted to Sinosteel in 2011. China Nerin Engineering was appointed as the project's independent consultant. CuDECO is one of only a few companies to have taken such a project from its initial discovery stage all the way through to production.

Rocklands Mine Processing Plant the Best in the World

Most of the major infrastructure work on the Rocklands Group Copper Project has now been completed. Mining, as well as stockpiling, is now underway and the ore processing plant is close to being finished. The ore processing plant is one of the best in the world being able to treat all mineral ores located at the Rocklands project site and to concurrently produce copper, cobalt, gold, pyrite and magnetite in four saleable concentrates. The plant incorporates a three stage tertiary and primary high pressure grinding rolls and crushing circuits that are especially designed to handle the course native copper ore found at the site. The processing plant has the largest native copper gravity circuit in the world and is capable of removing native copper larger than 0.2 mm.It also has a magnetic separator and standard flotation circuits.

Rocklands ore Body Unique in the World

The Rocklands Group's high grade coarse native copper orebodies are pervasive and continuous ranging from depths of more than 180 metres to near surface. The ore is co-mingled with primary and transitional, supergene and oxide ore types that make it unique in the world.

Ore from the Rocklands Group copper mine will be loaded at Cloncurry by a multi-user rail load facility and railed to the port at Townsville where it will be stored before being loaded onto ships for export.

Rocklands Group Copper mine employees will be sourced from the Cloncurry community as the company has no intentions of building an on site camp as has been commonplace in recent years with new mining operations. Instead CuDECO own 40 single mens's cabins in Cloncurry as well as leasing around 30 houses and flats. Mine employees will commute between Cloncurry and the mine, a distance of 15 kilometres, serviced by a sealed bitumen road.


ASX listed mining company CuDECO Ltd specialises in mineral exploration. In 2005 the company purchased a mining tenement in Queensland which covers an area of some 2200 hectares.Encompassing numerous old historical copper mines, which over the past 100 years have produced exceptionally high more


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