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Eva Copper Mine Project named prescribed project

The new Queensland copper mine is expected to generate hundreds of jobs in the area

The Eva Copper Mine Project, located near Mt Isa and Cloncurry in Queensland, has been declared a prescribed project by the Queensland government, which will help boost its progression.

The project will add a new stream of copper mining and smelting, boosting local supply for solar, wind and battery energy manufacturing.

The mine, located on the traditional lands of the Kalkadoon People, is anticipated to operate for at least 15 years and generate up to 1,250 jobs in construction and operations and extend the life of local copper mining and smelting jobs. It is expected to be the largest copper mine in North West Queensland.

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“With our critical mineral resources and growing list of projects we are ready to be the home to renewables-linked mining, manufacturing and exporting,” Queensland minister for state development and infrastructure Grace Grace says.

“The Eva Copper Mine Project plans to provide a new source of copper concentrate that has the potential to feed Mount Isa’s copper smelter.

“Harmony Gold Mining Company already has key mining approvals for the project and my prescribed project declaration means the Office of the Coordinator-General can now provide additional assistance to coordinate remaining approvals.

“Priorities will include establishing a renewable energy source that can help run mining operations until the project connects to CopperString 2032.

“The project will support Mount Isa’s future, in line with our $50 million Mount Isa Transition Fund support package, announced in February 2024.”

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