Round Oak invests in camp and roadworks as copper mine ramps up
Oak Minerals is building a 60-bed accommodation camp at Mount Colin as the
copper operation ramps up.
first production ore came out of the ground this month at the underground mine,
located between Mount Isa and Cloncurry.
have started hauling crushed ore to Glencore’s Ernest Henry operation with processing
anticipated to commence in October,” Round Oak Minerals chief executive officer
Rob Cooper said.
As at the end of August approximately 17,000 tonnes of crushed ore had been hauled to Ernest Henry.
the operation ramping up, Mr Cooper said Round Oak was looking to provide
on-site accommodation for the workforce, who now make a bus trip of about one
hour between Mount Isa and Mount Colin mine at the start and end of each shift.
company has secured second-hand rooms and Increva are managing construction of
the camp. Round Oak has yet to announce who will be operating it.
Cooper said the $3.3 million investment would help reduce the travel and
fatigue risks for workers.
is the underground mining contractor at Mount Colin while Qcrush is the crushing
contractor and Havago Transport provide bulk haulage services.
Cooper said the workforce had reached about 50 at the Mount Colin site and
would peak at around 70.
Oak is also investing in local roadworks, with JDR Mining and Civil completing
a project to realign the Mount Colin access road and BMD Construction are constructing
a new intersection with the Barkly Highway.
Cooper said it was one of four intersections Road Oak was upgrading for its
operations, including another for the Barbara copper operation, about 60km
north-east of Mount Isa.
The other two are Landsborough Highway intersections the company uses to transport ore from its satellite gold mines that feed the processing plant at Cloncurry.
The total road works infrastructure costs are about $3.5 million.