BRITISH COLUMBIA – Vancouvers ROCA MINES is going full tilt toward the start of production in the next six weeks at its Max molybdenum project southeast of Revelstoke. With initial production to begin by the end of next month, the company noted the following milestones:
UNDERGROUND – Development of the decline and 25-m sublevels now provides access to the upper stopes. Ongoing development work will provide access to lower stopes for subsequent phases of mining. An electric-hydraulic long-hole production drill will be mobilized to site on July 18, 2007, to commence production drilling of the initial stopes.
MINERAL PROCESSING – All of the heavy equipment including crushers, feeders, primary grinding mills, the regrind mill and thickener tanks have been installed. All of the large motors and electrical systems have been delivered to the site. Where required, new liners, bearings, motors and other items are also being fitted prior to startup. The mill and crusher buildings structural steel has been erected and cladding will be applied shortly. Galleries between the various buildings are being completed prior to the installation of conveyors.
TAILINGS – Construction of the main (south) dam is well underway. Excellent weather conditions have been a boon to the project. Starter dam elevations will be completed prior to the targeted production date. Ongoing dam construction will progress to an ultimate 2007 dam height by early fall.
PHASE TWO – The development of a second adit is well underway. The second access will immediately improve ventilation and lower operating costs of the underground mine. The parallel adits will also provide primary access for long-term development and planned expansion phases of the Max mine.
Roca has also acquired an additional ball mill, currently located in Spokane, Washington, for future expansion of the grinding circuit. This unit, a Harding 2.9-m by 4.5-m mill, will be installed after production startup to provide flexibility and additional capacity for the mill.
Details of the Max project are available at www.RocaMines.com.