Canadian Mining Journal


COPPER-GOLD: Imperial sells 70% of Red Chris to Australian

The sign at the entrance to the Rec Chris mine in British Columbia. (Image: Imperial Metals)

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Imperial Metals of Vancouver is creating a joint venture for the Red Chris copper-gold project with Australian miner Newcrest Mining. The project is located 80 km south of Dease Lake.

Newcrest has agreed to pay US$806.5 million in cash for a 70% interest in the mine and mill. Imperial will retain a 30% interest, and Newcrest will be the operator.

Imperial’s portfolio of projects will now includes a 100% interest in the Mount Polley copper mine (suspended), a 100% interest in the Huckleberry copper mine (suspended) and the 30% interest in Red Chris.

In 2018, Red Chris produced 60.4 million lb. of copper and 41,935 oz of gold. Newcrest says it has identified a clear path to turn Red Chris into a Tier 1 operation. The Red Chris geology is similar to its Cadia orebodies in Australia.

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