The DeGrussa Copper-Gold Mine, located 900km north-east of Perth in Western Australia, is one of the Asia-Pacific region’s premier, high-grade copper mines. Construction and development of the Project was completed on time and on budget during 2012 at a total cost of approximately $400 million.
DeGrussa’s remarkable progress from discovery in April 2009 through resource drill-out, feasibility, financing and construction and development – just over three years from discovery drill-hole to first production – has set new benchmarks for the efficient development of resources in Western Australia.
“DeGrussa is one of the Asia-Pacific region’s premier, high-grade copper mines...”
Commencing with an initial 2-year open pit mining operation which was completed in April 2013, the DeGrussa Operation is based on a long-term underground mine delivering sulphide ore to an on-site 1.5Mtpa concentrator.
The underground mine plan comprises over 38km of lateral development, allowing for the simultaneous extraction of ore from multiple faces, on multiple lenses. Having four deposits gives Sandfire a strategic advantage from an underground mining perspective – providing production flexibility and enabling it to maintain consistent ore production of 1.5Mtpa through the decline.
“Commencing with an initial 2-year open pit mining operation which was completed in April 2013, the DeGrussa Operation is based on a long-term underground mine delivering sulphide ore to an on-site 1.5Mtpa concentrator.”
The mine will produce up to 300,000 tonnes of high-grade copper concentrate annually.
Based on the figures published in the Western Australian Mineral and Petroleum Statistics Digest, this would make DeGrussa the largest copper producer in Western Australia.
In addition to the 1.5Mtpa DeGrussa Concentrator, other infrastructure and services on site include a Tailings Storage Facility (TSF), power station, paste plant for the underground mine, a sealed airstrip capable of accommodating small jets, a state-of-the-art 400-room mine village, a Next G mobile phone service and fibre optic communications, office buildings, assay laboratory and sealed access roads.