Australian copper producer CuDeco has delivered the first shipment of sulphide copper concentrates from its Rocklands Operations near Cloncurry to the Port of Townsville.

Delivery follows the second shipment of 300t of native copper that was also secured and shipped to the port this week.

The first production of native copper concentrate from Cloncurry project has been sold under an agreement with China Oceanwide International Investment.

CuDeco is set to begin continuous bulk shipments of copper concentrates from Rocklands in late-September or early October.

The Rocklands processing plant has the capacity to produce the respective copper concentrates at the required grades in  to meet customer specifications.

"We remain focused on optimising plant performance in the run-up to the start of bulk shipments."

Over the coming months, the company plans to increase the plant’s production.

CuDeco managing director Dr Dianmin Chen said: “The delivery of sulphide copper concentrates is another important demonstration of the capability of our new project and its ability to produce a quality product for the export market.

“We remain focused on optimising plant performance in the run-up to the start of bulk shipments, with the aim of maximising value for all stakeholders from this valuable new project in North Queensland.”

CuDeco’s Rocklands project contains 11 main ore-bodies and nine of them will be partially accessed in the first-stage ten-year mine plan.

Las Minerale and Rocklands South, two of the orebodies, contain a supergene-enriched zone, characterised by pervasive high-grade coarse native copper and associated chalcocite ore.

Image: Copper stockpile at Rocklands Operations. Photo: courtesy of CuDeco Limited.