The Eloise copper mine is back online after being closed for more than two months due to safety concerns.
The Queensland Mines Inspectorate said today that the FMR Investments-owned operation had undertaken work to ensure that the risk of an air blast in the underground operations was within acceptable limits and as low as reasonably achievable.
“Based on the work undertaken, the inspectorate has lifted the directive preventing the mine from undertaking normal underground operations and the mine is now open and operational,” a QMI spokesman said.
Operations at the mine, about 60km south-east of Cloncurry, were suspended on November 18.
An FMR spokesman said full-scale underground mining at Eloise had recommenced safely and the resumption of processing of ore was imminent, with copper concentrate production expected by the weekend.
“The safety of our workforce continues to be at the forefront of all of our decisions and the remobilisation of our people underground has occurred quickly and safely which is a great credit to our team,” he said.