CENTURY ZINC MINE

Site: Century Zinc Mine
Location: Queensland, Australia
System: 4 instrument
Commissioned: 2004

Located in north-west Queensland, Century is Australia’s largest open-cut zinc mine.

Production guidance for 2013 is 480,000 – 490,000 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate.

Century produces zinc and lead concentrates at its mining and processing operation at Lawn Hill, located about 250 kilometres north-west of Mount Isa.

Concentrates are then transferred via a 304-kilometre underground pipeline to Century’s Port facility for shipping to smelters in Australia, Europe and Asia.

Century is currently in a transitionary period as it prepares for the end of open cut zinc production in approximately 2016 while examining options to extend operations.

KEY FACTS

LOCATION

Two sites in the remote lower gulf region of Queensland, Australia: the mine at Lawn Hill and associated dewatering and shiploading facilities at the karumba port.

PRODUCT

  • Zinc concentrate and lead concentrate.

CURRENT MINE LIFE

  • Approximately 2016.

EMPLOYMENT Full-time equivalent as at 31 December 2011

  • 761 employees and 264 contractors.

MINING METHOD

  • Open pit mining.

PROCESSING METHOD

  • Conventional grinding and flotation.

RESOURCES as at 30 June 2011

  • 3.7 million tonnes zinc
  • 0.6 million tonnes lead
  • 42.4 million ounces silver

RESERVES as at 30 June 2010

  • 2.5 million tonnes zinc
  • 0.3 million tonnes lead
  • 15.5 million ounces silver

PRODUCT SALES

Approximately one shipload per week leaves the Gulf of Carpentaria waters destined for customers in Europe, Australia, China and Asia.

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