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Carrapateena is an underground mine located in the highly prospective Gawler Craton in South Australia approximately 160km north of Port Augusta. It is located on Pernatty Station and its supporting infrastructure is located within Oakden Hills Station.

The Kokatha people are the traditional owners of the land.



Carrapateena is located in South Australia on the eastern margin of the Gawler Craton.

Carrapateena produced first concentrate in December 2019 following a three-year construction period.

It is an underground sub-level cave operation with an estimated mine life of 20 years. A feasibility study is underway into the future expansion of the bottom half of the operation into a block cave.

During construction there were two main phases:

Phase one Q3 2017 – Q1 2018: construction of the accommodation village and airstrip, and development of the dual access decline continues.  

Phase two Q2 2018 – Q4 2019: construction of above ground infrastructure, processing plant, tailings storage facility, western access road, power line and installation of the underground materials handling system.

The Carrapateena Project is authorised under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) and this Compliance Report was submitted to the Department of the Environment and Energy for the period January 2019 to December 2019; as required by the Conditions of Approval attached to EPBC 2017/7895. The Compliance Report has been prepared in accordance with the Annual Compliance Report Guidelines (DOOE, 2014) and demonstrates compliance with the Conditions of Approval associated with EPBC 2017/7895



Carrapateena is a copper-gold deposit hosted in a brecciated granite complex and is mostly chalcopyrite with a central high grade bornite zone.

The deposit is shaped like a near vertical pipe and sits under approximately 500 metres of unmineralised rock cover. More information on Carrapateena geology can be found here.


Mining Method

Carrapateena is mined using a process called sub-level caving. Using this method, the deposit is blasted in 25 metre sections and then collected by loaders. From there it is crushed and loaded onto a conveyer belt that transports the ore up the decline to the surface. 

The ore is processed onsite to produce a copper concentrate containing copper and gold minerals. 



Our ongoing relationship and engagement with the traditional owners, pastoralists and local communities is important to us, and we are focused on creating partnerships based on mutual respect, understanding and trust. 

A Native Title Mining Agreement is in place with the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation and is underpinned by a ‘Partnering Agreement’. This agreement, also known as ‘Nganampa palyanku kanyintjaku', (translated 'keeping the future good for all of us') acknowledges that today, tomorrow and in the years ahead, the project will be a partnership with the Kokatha People.


Above, left to right: Andrew Cole, Managing Director and CEO, OZ Minerals, and Chris Larkin, Chairman, Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation, signing the Partnering Agreement at the opening of the Tjati Decline, Carrapateena (3 November 2016)


Local Procurement

Where possible, OZ Minerals is prioritising sustainable local procurement and local employment. OZ Minerals is focused on opportunities for South Australians with particular attention on the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Communities.

In support of this, OZ Minerals has partnered with the Industry Capability Network where businesses can register their interest in working on Carrapateena and any associated contract packages. There is one standard pre-qualification form for the whole project and all work packages open for tender are posted on the portal. The ICN Gateway Portal can be accessed here.  


Interested in working at Carrapateena?

There are two ways to seek employment at Carrapateena, directly through OZ Minerals or through one of our contract partners. For more information, click here.

Please refer to the ASX releases section of our website for updates regarding the Carrapateena Project.