Red Chris Mine
- Imperial acquired Red Chris project in 2007
- mine construction undertaken between May 2012 and November 2014
- hydro transmission line completed 4Q2014
- mine commissioning commenced 4Q2014
- construction cost $661.9 million (Dec 31/14)
- 30,000 tpd open pit conventional milling operation
- current mine life to 2043
Red Chris mine commissioning activities began in late 2014. Red Chris produced its first copper concentrate on February 17, 2015, and the first loads of concentrate were trucked from the mine to Stewart Bulk Terminals on February 27, 2015. The first shipment of Red Chris concentrate was loaded onto the M/V Edward Oldendorff on April 11, 2015.
Construction of the Red Chris mine commenced in May 2012, and was completed in November 2014. Power was provided to the site via a 16 kilometre 287kV power line connecting the mine to the Tatogga substation. The Iskut extension of the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) was built by Imperial from the terminus of the NTL at the Bob Quinn substation to the newly constructed substation at Tatogga Lake. In December 2014 Imperial completed and closed the sale of the 93 kilometre 287kV Iskut extension of the NTL to BC Hydro.
Plant commissioning will continue for several months in 2015. Operating crews will focus on achieving continuous operations and producing acceptable concentrate grades. As progress is made, emphasis will move to achieving design metal recoveries and throughput. A forecast of Red Chris production will be provided following completion of commissioning.
Mining activities commenced in advance of mill commissioning and have focused on both the East and Main zones. Mining will initially be from these two pits, which will eventually form one large pit.
Red Chris and the Tahltan leadership negotiated and finalized an impact and benefit co-management agreement in early 2015. The Tahltan Nation held a referendum in April, and 87% of those who voted in the referendum supported the agreement. We continue to work together with the Tahltan Nation, whose cooperation has been instrumental in the construction of the Red Chris mine. The mine is an important milestone for the Tahltan, Imperial and the Province of British Columbia.
The Red Chris property is located in northwest British Columbia, approximately 18 kilometres southeast of Iskut village and 80 kilometres south of Dease Lake. The Red Chris property, comprised of the Red Chris main claim group, the Red Chris South group and the Iskut Extension Transmission Line Corridor, covers a total area of 29,482 hectares.
Update May | 2015
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