Copper Mountain Mining has revealed a new integrated mining plan for its Copper Mountain Mine (CMM) and the New Ingerbelle property, located in British Columbia (BC), Canada.
The execution of the plan is expected to result in a 102% increase in mineral reserves, a 27% boost to average annual copper equivalent production to 116 million pounds during the first ten years, compared to Copper Mountain Mining’s previous production plan for CMM.
The plan will help extend the mine life by 12 years to 26 years, said the Canadian miner.
The integrated production plan calls for an expansion of the existing Copper Mountain Mine (CMM) mill to 45,000 tons per day (tpd) and integration of production from the New Ingerbelle project. The current capacity of the existing mill is 40,000 tpd.
The plan will be executed in a phased manner with the first one to see the CMM mill expansion through the installation of a third ball mill. The mill expansion is likely to be wrapped up as early as the first quarter of 2020 and is estimated to cost about $25m.
The second phase will see the development of the New Ingerbelle deposit, located about a kilometer from the Copper Mountain Mine, with an investment of nearly $23m. The Canadian mining company expects the New Ingerbelle development project to take around 24 months.
Copper Mountain Mining expects the after-tax net present value (NPV) of the integrated production plan for the Copper Mountain Mine, including the two growth projects, to be around $619m.
Copper Mountain Mining president and CEO Gil Clausen said: “The new Integrated Production Plan completely transforms the Copper Mountain operations.
“For minimal capital and minimal risk, we have the potential to realize significant value as we expect to increase our annual production, double total life of mine production, extend the mine life and decrease unit costs.
“These growth projects build upon an already solid operating base allowing us the potential to increase and advance near term cash flow.”
Copper Mountain Mining owns a stake of 75% in the Copper Mountain mine and is partnered by Mitsubishi Materials, which holds the remaining 25% stake.
Located 20km south of Princeton in southern British Columbia, the current production from the mine is about 90 million pounds of copper equivalent.