BRITISH COLUMBIA – TASEKO MINES of Vancouver says the concentrator at its Gibraltar copper mine will be expanded to 100 million lb of copper annually from its current capacity of 70 million lb. The mine is operated by Taseko subsidiary GIBRALTAR MINES and LEDCOR CMI near Williams Lake.
Taseko has entered into an agreement with a Montreal-based engineering firm, FARNELL-THOMPSON, for direct sourcing of the new semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill for the Gibraltar mill. Direct sourcing reduces the timeline for mill design, engineering and delivery of the mill components. It is expected that the SAG mill will be delivered in 15 months.
In conjunction with this work, Taseko has also engaged the Vancouver office of HATCH LTD. to provide overall engineering and procurement services for the upgrade of the concentrator.
The $62-million concentrator project is expected to cut unit operating costs by 10% and increase copper recovery to 88% from 81%. See www.TasekoMines.com for more information.