CMOC-Northparkes Mines is a copper and gold mine located north west of Parkes.
CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) is majority owned and operated by CMOC International with Sumitomo Metal Mining and Sumitomo Corporation as minority owners. Located 27 kilometres north west of Parkes, Northparkes has been operating since 1993.
Northparkes was the first mine in Australia to use the highly efficient block cave mining method in 1997. In 2006, Northparkes completed construction of a second block cave section and, in 2015, it completed installation of a highly automated equipment control system. It also operates a sub-level cave mining section, an ore processing plant, a tailing management facility, and transport, logistics and asset management services.
CMOC products are transported by road train and rail to Port Kembla where they are shipped principally to Japan and China.
Northparkes is also an agricultural producer of canola and wheat, with 8,684 ha of its 10,314 ha holdings in the Central West a commercial cropping operation.