Cu-River is an Australian magnetite iron ore mining company, with significant global reach.

We were established in 2014 in South Australia by Adelaide businessman Yong Gang Shan, who has more than 20 years of mineral processing experience in South-East Asia.

Mr Shan purchased the existing Cairn Hill iron ore mine in far-north South Australia along with several exploration licenses.

After an extensive $20 million upgrade to Cairn Hill, Cu-River started mining in 2016. Significantly it produced and exported one million tonnes of magnetite ore in its first 12 months of operation.

Plans are well underway for a significant expansion of Cairn Hill that will see 3Mt (million tonne) of magnetite concentrate mined each year from 2020.

Cairn Hill is now in a production pause while final regulatory approvals for the expansion is finalised with both the State and Federal governments.

Following this, Cu-River plan to spend $230 million in infrastructure improvements, including a wet processing plant, tailings dam and power station.

The expanded mine is expected to provide employment for up to 350 people.

It’s an exciting time to be involved in the Company!

In addition, Cu-River has an ambitious growth strategy that will see it headquartered in South Australia for decades to come.

Next in the project pipeline is Snaefell and Tomahawk mines.  Both are located to the south of Cairn Hill and expect to employ up to 750 each once production comes online.


Jiujiang Mining Australia

Cu-River has contracted Jiujiang Mining Australia (JMA) to deliver $230 million dollars in infrastructure improvements to Cairn Hill which will increase production capacity and extend the life of the mine.

Jiujiang Mining Australia (JMA) was established to provide contractual mining services to Cu-River. JMA prides itself on the quality of the services it supplies and its unwavering commitment to Zero Harm and environmental sustainability.

JMA is the Australian arm of the Jiujiang Group, based in China. Jiujiang China has in excess of 20,000 employees and its core businesses includes steel mills, coking plants, power plants, liquified gas plants, supply companies and retail and hotels.

Cairn Hill is the Group’s first international project and under a series of agreements, Jiujiang will provide Cu-River with:

  • Construction (e.g., wet processing plant)
  • Mining
  • Processing (owner/operator of Wet Processing Plant)
  • Handling – logistics/transport (including rail and port)