At this site ore bodies “Cerovo – Cementacija 1”, “Cerovo – Cementacija 2”, “Cerovo – Cementacija 3”, “Cerovo – Cementacija 4”, “Drenova” deposit and “Cerovo – primarno” have been discovered. This open pit mine belongs to the porphyritic type of deposit, with the main mineralization in hydrothermally altered andesite rocks. The main holder of the copper bearing ore is the chalcopyrite mineral accompanied by bornite, while pyrite is the most abundant mineral in the ore. To a lesser extent, chalcocite, azurite and covellite are present. “Cerovo – Cementacija 1” deposit was mined in the period since 1993 to 2002. year. Then the exploitation stopped after excavating nearly 20 million tons of ore and producing 97.5 thousand tons of copper in the concentrate, 1.2 tonnes of gold and 8.3 tons of silver. Business environment and market conditions, to a great extent dictated by good copper price on the London Metal Exchange, created in 2011 the possibility for the company to restore copper production in the neglected “Cerovo – Cementacija 1” mine, which is yet to be mined for 14 million tons of ore with the medium content of 0.31%. New insights show that its production as well as the production in other deposits that belong to the “Cerovo” complex with a total of 320 million tons of ore, can be profitable with average copper price of six thousand dollars per ton. At the “Cerovo – Cementacija 1” open pit, there is all the necessary infrastructure: access roads, water and sewage networks, electricity supply from the power station, a gas station, telephone network, drainage system etc. Also, there is a facility for the preparation and processing of the ore to the level of milling. All this along with the necessary reconstruction, rehabilitation and upgrade, will still be in operation. Inspection of the equipment, installation of generators and facilities for the technological line of ore processing have proved that for bringing the whole plant to a functional state with the installed capacity for two and a half million tons of ore per year, a large investment will not be necessary.
- Nebojša Videnović – Manager