BRITISH COLUMBIA – Copper Mountain Mining Corp. of Vancouver has commissioned the new primary crusher and overland conveyor at its Copper Mountain project 15 km west of Princeton. Ore has been crushed and is stockpiled until the mill is commissioned, scheduled for May 2011.
Assembly of the second Komatsu PC 8000 hydraulic shovel has been completed and is being put into service. The two shovels are the main loading units for the mine. Only one of the 13 Komatsu 240-t haul trucks remains to be commissioned, and it should be ready by the end of April. The planned mining rate is 160,000 t/d.
Pre-production mining activities commenced in the Pit 3 area with the first shovel on the western wall, and the second in operation on the eastern wall push-back.
Construction activities within the concentrator are well advanced, says Copper Mountain, with most of the work being directed at completion of piping and electrical tasks. Installation of the grinding mills is progressing as planned with pressure testing of hydraulic lube lines and the installation of the SAG liners. The grinding mills are expected to be ready for testing by the end of April.
The Copper Mountain project currently has 520 workers on site, of which 240 are Copper Mountain personnel and the rest associated with the construction activities. At full production, the project will employ 271 personnel.
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