From 2014 to 2015, copper and copper concentrates exports from South Australia were valued at over $2 billion - making it South Australia's single largest export item in value. Now, The University of Adelaide is set to lead research into advanced technologies for boosting the state's copper production, and develop a globally competitive mining technology services sector in the state.
"There is a large untapped copper resource in the state with total value of known copper resource (with gold as a by-product) at over $800 billion," says Professor Stephen Grano, Director of the University of Adelaide's Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources, who will be director of the new Research Consortium.
"There is a significant potential to increase the rate of commercial exploitation of these resources which would have major beneficial economic impacts for the state. However, there are also...
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