CSA Mine is located in Cobar, Central Western NSW. It is operated by Cobar Management Pty Ltd (CMPL) – owned by Glencore.
The mine initially started in 1871 with an erratic production history until 1964, when Broken Hill South Ltd began large scale production. The mine passed to CRA in 1980 and then to Golden Shamrock Mines in 1992. The mine was closed in 1997/8 following its acquisition by Ashanti Goldfields and was reopened in 1999 by Glencore.
Since 1965 the mine has extracted substantial quantities of zinc, lead, silver and copper, but today, CSA Mine focuses on mining copper, with a silver co-product.
Our underground mine produces over 1.1 million tonnes of copper ore and produces in excess of 185,000 tonnes of copper concentrate per annum. The concentrate contains approximately 27% copper metal and is exported to smelters in India, China and South East Asia.
Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, CSA Mine provides direct employment for over 300 people, the majority of whom are based in the local township of Cobar.
In addition to the mine, CSA holds approximately 820km2 of tenements in the local Cobar area.
At CSA Mine, we work hard to create a safe working environment for everyone who enters our site and we are committed to operating to the highest safety standards. We also focus on managing and minimising environmental impacts through monitoring and further education.
CSA Mine remains an important contributor to the local community and economy.