Carrapateena mine positive for Whyalla

WORK: Local contractors likely to be involved in the development of Oz Minerals' Carrapateena Mine.

WORK: Local contractors likely to be involved in the development of Oz Minerals' Carrapateena Mine.

Local contractors may be getting more work as a result of the total 800 jobs set to be created by Oz Minerals’ $196m Carrapateena Copper Gold Mine.

Oz Minerals announced that the project had officially been given the green light on Thursday at the Global Maintenance USG Conference in Whyalla.

General Manager Myles Johnston said Whyalla was a part of the Upper Spencer Gulf catchment that the company would be looking at for contractors.

“We want to know who’s interested in working at Carrapateena and what their business capability is like,” he said.

Businesses can participate in the process by heading to the Industry Capability Network website.

“They can get online and register their interest. Then they have to give us an idea of what they can do, and we can keep them updated on how the project is going,” Mr Johnston said.

“For the last three or four months we’ve been encouraging businesses to get online and register their interest.”

The Concentrate Treatment Plant (CTP) which is still likely to be placed in Port Augusta rather than Whyalla, is currently undergoing a study phase.

Mayor Lyn Breuer said the mine approval was great news for Whyalla.

“We will get a lot of spinoff from this, so it’s really important for our community. I think Oz Minerals is a very good company, they’ve certainly been pulling people out of our community to work with them,” she said.

Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said he was confident local workers would be sourced for the mine.

“I know how competent the local contractors here in Whyalla are, so I’m fairly certain they will secure some work out of the Oz Minerals development,” he said.

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