The Mount Lyell Remediation and Research and Demonstration Program was conducted between 1994 and 1996 following the closing of the company, to reverse the ecological change upon the Queen and King Rivers, and Macquarie Harbour; caused by the release of mine waste and effluent into the rivers.It is estimated that 100 million tonnes of tailings were disposed of into the Queen River. ... We were looking for something a little different to do in Queenstown when we came across the Mt Lyell Underground Mine Tour. Vedanta Resources confirmed the Mt Lyell copper mine is for sale The mine has been in care and maintenance following three tragic deaths in 2013 West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers declared it good news for the community At that stage it was known as the Copper Division of Renison Goldfields Consolidated Limited. Copper has been mined and processed at the Mount Lyell mine at Queenstown in western Tasmania for a century but it was not until Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT) took the Mount Lyell mine over in 1994 that more than scant regard was paid to protecting the environment. Mount Lyell was also the operator of the 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge[11] Queenstown to Regatta Point railway from 1893 to 1963, which used the Abt rack system of cog railway for steep sections. "So it's not been wasted — whoever buys that site will get the benefit of that State Government cash injection, and any other cash injections it's had recently," he said. He was there when the nearby Mt Lyell copper mine went into care and maintenance in 2014 following the deaths of three miners in two separate incidents. Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT) has confirmed its Indian parent company Vedanta Resources wants to sell the mothballed Mt Lyell operation at Queenstown. “Vedanta’s work has placed the mine in a strong position for the new owner to quickly recommence operations, which will be a great outcome for the mine and for the West Coast community,” Mr Mayes said. "We’re so so quiet and down in the dumps at the moment. We need to lift our game again," she said. [2], The following locations were within the operating mine lease and indicate a separate orebody - the operating life is also indicated:[3] -. Mount Lyell was the dominant copper mining company of the West Coast from 1893 to 1994, and was based in Queenstown, Tasmania. In addition, the company also owns the Mt. The remaining 1% is from smaller sources. Queenstown is linked by sealed roads to the state capital of Hobart, as well as to Burnie and Launceston. Dept. Mt Lyell tour must do. The Mount Lyell Mine is located within the town boundary of Queenstown that has a population of around 2,000 people. Mackay. On 29 March 1993 the company celebrated its centenary. Following consolidation of leases and company assets at the beginning of the twentieth century, Mount Lyell was the major company for the communities of Queenstown, Strahan and Gormanston. Pharmacist Chris Walpole has lived in the Queenstown area, on Tasmania's west coast, for 13 years. During its history, Mount Lyell had exploration leases surrounding its main mining area, and had at one time or other explored most of the West Coast Range revisiting many of the smaller mines that had been worked on in the early 1900s. "Having a new operator in a community like ours is a good thing and we would look forward to working with the new operator and bringing lots of opportunity and economic development and employment to the region, which is something we’ve been looking for for a long time," Mr Walpole said. They also contain some rare minerals such as mawsonite, betekhtinite, florencite, woodhouseite, hessite, jalpaite, magnesiofoitite, zunyite, and stromeyerite. Queenstown's historic Mount Lyell copper mine is up for sale, with potential for a long-awaited restart under new ownership. Key challenges are the large volumes caused by rainfall events and the low tenors. 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Previous operators of the Mt Lyell mine discharged smelter slag and mill tailings into the river system until smelting stopped in 1970, and discharge of tailings to the river ceased in 1994. Government guidelines saw tailings dams created and special measures taken to prevent any further pollution of the rivers and harbour. Enjoy a cuppa with some cake in the village hall while perusing the professionally installed interpretations and enjoy the presentation. The 1912 North Mount Lyell disaster (also known at the time as the Mount Lyell disaster and North Mount Lyell fire) refers to a fire that broke out on 12 October 1912 at the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company operations on the West Coast of Tasmania.The mine had been taken over from the North Mount Lyell Company in 1903. Mount Lyell, western Tasmania, a 100 year old copper mining operation in which large quantities of sulphide rich ore rock have been both exposed to weathering and discharged as tailings into the Queen and King Rivers, is the subject of a research program evaluating environmental impacts of resulting acid mine drainage (AMD) and remediation options. Wow! Former WWE wrestler Jon Huber, known as Luke Harper, dies from lung illness aged 41, It was fitting that Australia's day ended with a dropped catch, while India's stand-in captain stood tall, Temperature logs delay COVID-19 vaccinations in Germany, Inside the operation to keep Sydney's beaches socially distanced this summer, The 'autism advantage' and how it's giving workplaces a competitive edge. The re-opening followed over 100 years of copper and gold mining at Mt Lyell. First mined for gold and later silver, the area achieved most of its wealth through its copper. Between 1972 and 2014 a total of 64 Mt was mined underground as the mine extended from 210 m to 1100 m below surface. For just under 3 hours, we drove through a live mine. "Vedanta also wants to place on record its appreciation of the strong support the Tasmanian Government has provided to keep the mine ready for a restart.". The tragedy unfolded around 11.15am on 12 October 1912 when a fire was reported in the pump house of the 700 foot level. [12], Smelting ended in the 1960s and CMT has built a dam to contain tailings.[13]. This company in turn was acquired by Sterlite Industries, an Indian-based company, in 1999. Via an RFP process, Fenix Hydromet were selected to conduct testwork, design and cost a plant to treat the Acid Mine Drainage at Mount Lyell, part of the World Heritage area. It is the co-type location for mawsonite. The Mt Lyell company built this 1912–1914 Hydropower scheme and village where for decades families lived and thrived. For more than a century, copper and gold have been mined in the Mt Lyell area. The mine suspended operations in January 2014 and currently remains on care and maintenance. This is how it will affect our summers. The Mount Lyell mining operations produced more than a million tonnes of copper, 750 tonnes of silver and 45 tonnes of gold since mining commenced in the early 1890s - which is equivalent to over 4 billion dollars worth of metal in 1995 terms.[1]. Within the lease site, the North Lyell Tunnel has water derived in part from underground workings and has approximately 78% of the lease site copper loading. Also, due to circumstances at the winding up of Mount Lyell significant amounts of company records were deposited with Tasmanian state archives. The Mercury Newspaper's front pages from the biggest stories of the decade between 2010-2019. At various stages it also shared costs and resources with other companies which would assist by investing in exploration by becoming partners in some leases. The state's Minerals and Energy Council said the sale of the operation would be "a positive thing" if any new owner went in with the aim of restarting mining. The Prince Lyell orebody at Mount Lyell Mine has a rich mining history commencing with the open pit in 1935, which transitioned underground in 1972. As … "West Lyell open cut" which had been dominant in the 1950s was finished, and various parts of the lease were disappearing into the opening above the "Prince Lyell" workings. following the deaths of three miners in two separate incidents. Contaminated sediments in the King River and Macquarie Harbour contribute relatively little of the total pollutant load entering the harbour. It remained dominant until its closure in 1994. The ancient history of the Mount Lyell Mine is now written. The Mount Lyell mine was founded in 1883 and is Australia's oldest continually operating mine. Mount Lyell mine operator Copper Mines of Tasmania, and its general manager Scot Clyde, are facing more charges over a string of deaths at the site. Mount Lyell Acid Mine Drainage Remediation River water contaminated with Copper. That company was not a success, which was clearly not the fault of the mine. Vedanta Resources said in a statement that global investment bank Macquarie Capital had been appointed to manage the sale process, and secure a new owner to take Mt Lyell forward. Mining was suspended at Mount Lyell due to accidents in the 2010s, and remains in mothball situation in the late 2010s. There was a small operation in the early days of the mining operation that was on the northern side of Mount Lyell, known as the Comstock mine. Discharge from other tunnels and waste rock dumps accounts for 21%. In 1903 the North Mount Lyell company was taken over, and in 1912 the most severe calamity to visit the Mount Lyell company was the 1912 North Mount Lyell Disaster, also known at the time as the North Lyell fire. ABC: Selina Bryan An inquest into the deaths of three workers at Mt Lyell copper mine in Tasmania has heard its seismic activity was within a normal range. The Mt Lyell Mine at Queenstown, Tasmania was re-opened in 1995 by Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mt Lyell Mining Co Ltd. RoamWild Tasmania: Mt Lyell Underground Tour - See 172 traveler reviews, 148 candid photos, and great deals for Queenstown, Australia, at Tripadvisor. Lyell copper mine in Tasmania, Australia, which provides a small percentage of the copper concentrate requirements of the Tuticorin smelter. This Mine is situated on the northern descent of the " Lyell West Peak ; " i.e. "Vedanta’s work has placed the mine in a strong position for the new owner to quickly recommence operations, which will be a great outcome for the mine and for the west coast community," he said. Lyell mine is owned and operated by Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Limited (CMT). AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), COVID-19 virus fragments in sewage plants a reminder to get tested, says NSW's top doctor, 'Consequences are significant' for woman who fled Perth coronavirus quarantine hotel, Australia's weather is shifting. Pollution of the Queen and King Rivers, and Macquarie Harbour was caused by the release of mine waste and effluent into the rivers. Catalogue of mineral of Tasmania & Geological Survey of Tasmania (1970). [14], The Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company Limited (1994), Tasmania. It mostly extracted rich bornite ores, and contained some unusual minerals. In Catalogue of the minerals of Tasmania. Local newsagent Barbara Gumley said the mine's prospective sale might help revive the town. Research by the Supervising Scientist published in 1997 overwhelmingly identified the lease site as the major source of acid drainage-related pollutants affecting the rivers and harbour, with metals contamination from tailing and slag deposits being very minor in comparison. Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company was a Tasmanian mining company formed on 29 March 1893, most commonly referred to as Mount Lyell. Mr Walpole is one of many locals who have today welcomed the news that the mine, which was established in 1893, could soon be handed to a new owner. Was 2020 the year Australians learned to trust politicians? The Mount Lyell Mining Field, and the various activities of the company in Queenstown and the west coast of Tasmania were celebrated throughout the community. Twelve months later it was taken over by Gold Mines of Australia, but low copper prices made the operation unviable, and it was sold to an Indian company, Twin Star Holdings. "It may bring some locals back home," Ms Gumley said. North Lyell mine, Mount Lyell Mines, Queenstown district, West Coast municipality, Tasmania, Australia : An abandoned mine in this still-operating field. Vedanta Resources owns a controlling 62.9 % stake in Vedanta Limited (formerly known as Sesa Sterlite Ltd/Sesa Goa Ltd.). The Mt Lyell copper deposits are located adjacent to the town of Queenstown, 25 km east of the west coast of Tasmania, Australia, ~175 km NW of Hobart and ~120 km south of Burnie. (#Location: 42° 3' 51"S, 145° 35' 2"E). The State Government has invested heavily in the mine in a bid to restart production. Hobart - identifies the separate Tharsis workings - West Tharsis, Tharsis, Mount Lyell Remediation and Research and Demonstration Program, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-09/queenstown-residents-reeling-after-mount-lyell-mine-closure/5585754, "SSR126 - Final report: Mount Lyell Remediation Research and Demonstration Program", http://www.environment.gov.au/ssd/publications/ssr/126.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mount_Lyell_Mining_and_Railway_Company&oldid=992870867, Australian companies disestablished in 1994, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Its concentrate material is shipped to India for processing. Media release – Guy Barnett, Minister for Resources, 14 September 2020 Mt Lyell copper mine The Tasmanian Government is aware that Vedanta Limited has commenced a process to divest its ownership interest in Copper Mines of Tasmania, which owns and operates the Mt Lyell copper mine. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. Major changes in practice were implemented across the site. The operations were conducted in various parts of the Mount Lyell Lease, and in the mid 1970s, prior to reduction in the workforce, "Cape Horn" was located just west of the "Comstock" operation which was on the north side of Mount Lyell, while most of the North Mount Lyell workings were finished, "12 West" was still in operation due to its rich copper ores. Mr Vickers said the funding was spent on improving underground infrastructure. Since the mine went into care and maintenance in […] We at CMT share our community's deep concerns over the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Mt Lyell copper-gold mines produce some excellent crystallised specimens of chalcopyrite, quartz, haematite, dolomite-ankerite and other minerals, particularly in late stage veins. "Economically it's been very challenging for the community," Mr Walpole said. Craig Gleeson, 45, and Alistair Lucas, 25, fell to their deaths in the Mt Lyell Copper Mine when the wooden platform they were working on collapsed on December 9, 2013. What has occurred since the formation of the No Liability Company is, comparatively speaking, modern, and can be readily ascertained. The nearest city being Burnie, 160 kilometres to its … The Mount Lyell Remediation and Research and Demonstration Program was conducted between 1994 and 1996 following the closing of the company, to reverse the ecological change upon the Queen and King Rivers, and Macquarie Harbour; caused by the release of mine waste and effluent into the rivers. It said the decision to divest Mount Lyell “enables the near-term restart of Mount Lyell” under a new operator. "So it's on the market — that was a good news story for me. tailings, slag and acid drainage into rivers and a delta of tailings the size of a city suburb in Macquarie Harbour; all aquatic life in the Queen River and lower King River has been killed; waterways contaminated with toxic metals, particularly copper, representing a potential hazard to the fishing industry and other harbour uses; vegetation on Queenstown hills destroyed by felling, fire, erosion and toxic fumes from smelting. 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It is estimated that 100 million tonnes of tailings were disposed of into the Queen River. of Mines & Petterd, W. F. (William Frederick). "I've had a briefing from the GM [General Manager] up there, only a week or so ago, and his indication is that the parent company is considering, or are in the process, of divesting themselves of that mine site," he said. As a consequence the Mount Lyell company had utilised considerable resources on maintaining leases over areas of promising geology - as well as checking older mining locations on the west coast. What a tour! Copper Mines of Tasmania reveals the Mt Lyell mine is being sold after failing to restart operations in February, blaming the coronavirus impact on parent company Vedanta Resources. This page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 15:25. While business as usual continues at the Mt. Three years ago the Government gave CMT $9.5 million for capital works. Vedanta Limited owns 100.0% of CMT. 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