Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT) put the mine into caretaker mode more than four years ago after three miners died in two incidents, resulting in about 200 job losses, but there are plans to reopen it with help from a Tasmanian State Government subsidy.
CMT parent company Vedanta has now been forced to shut down its copper smelter in India due to environmental concerns.
CMT was sending its ore to the Indian smelter when the operation was in production, and the plan was to send the product there again when operations recommenced.
The Tamil Nadu State Government’s order to permanently shut down the Tuticorin smelter came after police shot dead 13 protesters at the site in May, when people opposing a planned expansion of the site had gathered. Read More