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The South Australian mineral development projects included below have an identified JORC resource; the exploration companies are possibly undertaking or have completed feasibility studies; or are possibly progressing mine proposals, assessment and approvals stages.

Information about some mineral developing projects in South Australia can be obtained from the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG). This information is updated on a regular basis.

  • You can download a preset map of South Australia showing approved mines and mineral projects or open the SARIG application and manipulate the layers to obtain the information you require. Go to the Map Layers widget, select the Data tab, then open South Australia Mining Projects>Developing Projects. Select Minerals (Developing Projects).

    You can save and/or print the map using the options under the Map tab on the top left grey bar (widget)
  • Information including project name, status, description, company name, company website link, ASX code link, commodity, resource/reserve summary, resource/reserve contained commodity and production data can be obtained from the Minerals (Developing Projects) map layer in SARIG. Hover over the project name to see the information.

    To download the information go to the Search/Identify tab on the top left grey bar (widget), select Identify from the drop down list and draw a box over the project name (or the whole state if you want the information for all the major developing projects) - a new window will appear with downloadable results tables. More about using the Identify tool
  • Publicly available documents relating to all mines in South Australia are available from SARIG. Go to the top left widget, select Databases, then Publications and Reports from the drop down list. More about searching the Publications and Reports database
Project and company project information Commodity
Download table with resource estimates and production statistics
Location Status

Arckaringa Project
Altona Energy Plc (external site)

Coal; Coal-to-liquids (CTL) Northern Arckaringa Basin Feasibility studies
Iluka Resources Ltd (external site)
Heavy minerals Approximately 200 km northwest of Ceduna Feasibility studies
Bird in Hand
Terramin Australia Limited (external site)
Gold (Au) Near Woodside, Adelaide Hills  JORC resource
Centrex Metals Ltd (external site) 
Joint venture with Baotou Iron & Steel Co Ltd (Baogang)
Magnetite (Fe3O4) 9 km N of Cowell  Feasibility studies

OzMinerals Ltd (external site)

Copper (Cu), Gold (Au)

Information about the geology and discovery at Carrapateena:
Fairclough, M., 2005. Geological and metallogenic setting of the Carrapateena FeO-Cu-Au prospect - a PACE success story. MESA Journal, 38: 4–7

Near western shore of Lake Torrens on the eastern margin of the Gawler Craton, 100km SE of Olympic Dam

Feasibility studies


Central Eyre Iron Ore Project

Iron Road Ltd (external site)
Magnetite (Fe3O4) Central Eyre Peninsula Feasibility studies

Crocker Well Uranium Project
Sinosteel PepinNini Curnamona Management Pty Ltd (external site)

Uranium (U3O8) 160 km W of Broken Hill, 400 km N of Adelaide in the Curnamona revion Feasibility studies
Perilya Ltd (external site) 
Zinc (Zn) Near Leigh Creek JORC resource

Fusion Magnetite Project
Eyre Iron Pty Ltd (external site)

Magnetite (Fe3O4) South-eastern Eyre Peninsula Feasibility studies
Giffen Well
Maosen Australia Pty Ltd (external site)
Magnetite (Fe3O4) 720 kilometres NW of Adelaide and 120 kilometres SE of Coober Pedy JORC resource
Gum Flat
Lincoln Minerals Ltd (external site)
Hematite (Fe2O3)
Magnetite (Fe3O4)
Southern Eyre Peninsula within 20 km of Port Lincoln Feasibility studies

Hawks Nest
Arrium Limited (external site)
Formerly known as OneSteel

Hematite (Fe2O3)
Magnetite (Fe3O4)
Central South Australia, 720 km NW of Adelaide, 120 kmk SE of Coober Pedy Feasibility studies
Hematite extension project (HEP)
Arrium Limited (external site)
Formerly known as OneSteel
Hematite (Fe2O3 Middleback Ranges, north western Eyre Peninsula Assessment
Hillside Copper Mine
Rex Minerals Ltd (external site)
Copper (Cu), Gold (Au), Magnetite (Fe3O4) Yorke Peninsula Assessment
Mining lease proposal and management plan
Junction Dam
Marmota Energy (external site)
Uranium (U3O8) 50 km west of Broken Hill (10 km east of the Honeymoon uranium mine) JORC resource

Havilah Resources NL (external site)

Copper (Cu), Gold (Au), Molybdenum (Mo) North of Olary Feasibility studies
Havilah Resources NL (external site)
Magnetite (Fe3O4) Approximately 28 km south of the Barrier Highway, 300 km east of Port Pirie Feasibility studies

Menninnie Dam
Terramin Australia Ltd (external site)

Heads of agreement with Musgrave Minerals Ltd (external site)

Lead (Pb), Zinc (Zn), Silver (Ag) Northern Eyre Peninsula, 160 WNW of the Port Pirie lead smelter JORC resource
(now referred to as the Samphire Project)

Havilah Resources NL (external site)

Copper (Cu), Cobalt (Co) Approximately 60 km W of Broken Hill JORC resource

Mutooroo Magnetite Project
Minotaur (external site)

Joint venture partner with Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceana Pty Ltd

 Magnetite (Fe3O4) Approximately 100 km SW of Broken Hill JORC resource
Olympic Dam expansion
BHP Billiton Ltd (external site)
Copper (Cu), Uranium (U3O8), Gold (Au), Silver (Ag) Gawler Craton; 560 km N of Adelaide Feasibility studies; amended Olympic Dam and Stuart Shelf Indenture approved November 2011; BHP Billiton has until October 2016 to trigger the amended indenture
Investigator Resources Ltd
Joint venture with Mega Hindmarsh Ltd
Silver (Ag) Northern Eyre Peninsula approximately 500 km NW of Adelaide JORC resource
Minotaur Exploration Ltd (external site)
Kaolin (Al2Si2O5(OH)4 100 km SE of Ceduna on Eyre Peninsula JORC resource

Havilah Resources NL (external site)

Gold (Au) Approximately 10 km N of the Barrier Highway, approximately 80 km W of Broken Hill Assessment

Razorback Iron Ore Project
Royal Resources Ltd (external site)

Magnetite (Fe3O4) 240 km NNE of Adelaide  Feasibility studies
Samphire Project
(formerly Mullaquana)
Samphire Uranium Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of UraniumSA (external site)
Uranium (U3O8 Approximately 20 km south-west of Whyalla on Eyre Peninsula

JORC resource

Retention lease proposal for a uranium in-situ recovery field trial at Blackbush deposit (.pdf 24Mb)

IMX Resources NL (external site)

Magnetite (Fe3O4) 12 km SW of the Cairn Hill mine, 3 km E of the Stuart Highway JORC resource
Iluka Resources Ltd (external site
Heavy Minerals Approximately 200 km NW of Ceduna Feasibility studies

Iluka Resources Ltd (external site)

Heavy Minerals Approximately 100 km NW of Ceduna  JORC resource

Mungana Goldmines Ltd (external site)

Joint venture with Helix Resources Ltd (external site)

Gold (Au), Silver (Ag) 700 km NW of Adelaide Feasibility studies 
Iluka Resources Ltd (external site)
Heavy Minerals Approximately 200 km NW of Ceduna Feasibility studies

Uley Graphite Project
Valence Industries Ltd (external site)

Formerly known as Strategic Energy Resources

Graphite South Eyre Peninsula, approximately 23 km W and SW from Port Lincoln JORC resource