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Research Updates

The University of Adelaide commenced their testing of magnetotellurics (MT) in November 2018.

Two days were spent leaving sensors in specific sites around the surrounding area of the mine. The aim was to ascertain whether this technique will help monitor groundwater flows in the area. As this was a positive outcome they will now extend the MT surveys to wider areas around the mine site in April. 

Accurate 3D modelling of the underground geology coupled with this new knowledge of groundwater flows is an essential step in the environmental assessment and monitoring process. This information will also show where and how the solutions will come into contact with, and hence extract the copper.

CSIRO Land & Water undertook seasonal soil and water sampling from the the Light River in December, to ascertain environmental baselines. They will be looking for any contaminants in the soil and water like copper, salt, phosphates etc. This Run of River survey will be repeated seasonally, with next one being in March.

CSIRO Minerals Division in Perth is undertaking ongoing testing of existing core samples for the most effective benign solution to extract the copper. So far this is proving very positive showing that copper leaches quickly and effectively into solution and even just with water.

Interesting Facts

Why is copper so important now? Copper has been around forever, is recyclable and now an integral part of delivering environmentally sustainable energy to help reduce future green house emmisions, by playing a large part in renewable technolgy,

"Renewable energy generation technologies, especially wind, ocean and solar installations, are copper-intensive and the important role of energy efficiency in the energy transition will also have an impact on copper use." European Copper Institute

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