- open pit copper mine
- mill average 20,000 tonnes per day
- operations commenced in 1997
- copper concentrate shipped from Stewart
Huckleberry mine ceased mine operations in August 2016, and is currently on care and maintenance status. A preliminary plan to restart the mine has been developed, for such time when the economics of mining improve.
The Company has been developing exploration programs designed to expand the resource. The Huckleberry East zone pit has historically provided the highest grade mill feed, and the majority drilling in the zone was only to a depth of 300 metres, and often ended in above cut-off grade copper mineralization. A drill program to test the East zone at depth has been designed to test below the historic drilling.
In August 2020, exploration drilling was initiated in the vicinity of the East zone pit where the majority of the historic drill holes were stopped while still in copper mineralization. The initial focus of the exploration will be to investigate the East zone at depth below the historic drilling.
The image below depicts three cross sections:
Huckleberry East zone 2020; Red Chris East zone 2006; and Red Chris East zone 2020. The Huckleberry East zone 2020 section looks very similar to the Red Chris East zone 2006 section. In both sections, most of the drill holes were stopped while still in mineralization. Deep drilling beneath the Red Chris East zone after 2006 has and is showing that the best grades were located at depth beneath the previous shallow drilling.
In 2020, the initial exploration at Huckleberry will focus on drilling beneath the existing East zone, to test this outstanding exploration target located beneath the East pit.
Huckleberry Mines Ltd., a subsidiary of Imperial, is owner/operator of the Huckleberry open pit copper mine. Located 88 kilometres from Houston, British Columbia, the property encompasses 23,241 hectares, consisting of two mining leases covering 2,422 hectares, and 44 mineral claims encompassing approximately 20,819 hectares.
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