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Olympic Dam Copper-Uranium Mine, Adelaide, Australia

Producer Of

Copper, uranium, silver and gold


580km inland from Adelaide, South Australia


BHP Billiton

Geology Type

Hydrothermal breccia orebody

Mineral Type

Copper sulphides, pitchblende

Reserve Base

Proven reserves: 146mt graded at 1.98% Cu, 0.58kg/t U3O8, 0.69g/t Au and 4.01g/t Ag. Probable reserves: 406Mt graded at 1.79% Cu, 0.57kg/t U3O8, 0.78g/t Au and 3.19g/t Ag

Annual Production

194,100t of copper, 4,045t of uranium oxide, 111,368oz of refined gold and 982,000oz of refined silver (2010-2011)

Mining Method

Underground sub-level open stoping with backfill

Processing Method

Copper concentrator, hydrometallurgical plant for uranium recovery, copper smelter, sulphuric acid plant, copper refinery and precious metals refinery, gold plant




Atlas Copco and Sandvik (Tamrock) drill rigs

Caterpillar LHDs and mine trucks


Svedala autogenous mill, Warman International pumps and cyclones

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