Aditya Birla Minerals
Aditya Birla Minerals is an Australian based mining company with a focus on copper production and exploration. The company is based in Perth, West Australia, and conducts its activities at the Birla Nifty Copper Operation in the Great Sandy Desert, WA and the Mt Gordon Copper Operation located in the Mt Isa Block in Queensland.
Aditya Birla Minerals undertakes comprehensive copper mining in Australia, focusing on production and exploration at West Australian and Queensland locations. Concentrates produced at each mine are shipped to the Hindalco owned smelter in India to maximise copper investment opportunities worldwide. Aditya Birla Minerals mainly undertakes mine development and reserve delineation drilling, but holds exploration tenements at both sites and plans to increase copper exploration activities at a future date.
Aditya Birla Minerals is part of the Aditya Birla Group and is part owned by Hindalco Industries Ltd.
The Birla Nifty Operation
The Birla Nifty operation is located in the Great Sandy Desert Region of the East Pilbara in West Australia, approximately 1250km north of Perth and 350km east of Port Hedland.
The Nifty operation comprises of an historical open pit oxide mine and an underground sulphide mine with an associated concentrator. Site infrastructure (a powerhouse, camp, airfield and a tailings storage facility) supports the sulphide operations. A concentrate storage facility is located at Port Hedland, from where it is shipped to overseas customers.
The West Australian copper mine has a capacity of 2.3 mtpa and the concentrator plant has a capacity of 2.5mtpa. Concentrate produced is trucked to Port Hedland for shipping to Hindalco Copper’s Dahej smelting and refining facility in India.
The open pit operation exploits oxide, transitional and chalcocite mineral resources from which copper cathode is recovered via a heap leach and SX-EW method. Open pit mining operations ceased in June 2006 and heap leaching operations ceased in January 2009. A heap leach retreatment project to recover approximately 40,000 tonnes of copper from existing heap leach pads, has been postponed due to a subdued economic environment.
The Birla Mt Gordon Operation
The Mt Gordon operation is located in northwest Queensland, approximately 120km north of Mt Isa. The Mt Gordon operation can produce copper in concentrate at an annual production rate of approximately 20kt.
The operation has ability to mine 1.2mtpa of ore from Mammoth underground decline operation Mining of the Esperanza open cut was completed in November 2005.
Exploration activities continue as per the company’s long term strategy.
The Hindalco Smelter
Hindalco Industries Limited is the flagship company of the Aditya Birla group and has emerged as a market leader in the Indian copper industry. Birla Copper is a unit of Hindalco Industries Limited, with a smelter with an annual capacity of 500,000 tonnes which commenced commercial production in May 1998.
Aditya Birla Minerals’ Queensland and West Australian mines are integral to the business operations of Birla Copper. Underground mining at both the Queensland and West Australian mines go towards the smelter’s recognition as one of the largest single location copper smelters in the world.
Both Aditya Birla Minerals and Hindalco have a reputation for efficient operations and providing copper investment opportunities that exceed and extend the usual mining capabilities.
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