BRITISH COLUMBIA – Work is moving forward on the Phase I, 500 t/d MAX molybdenum development belonging to Vancouver’s ROCA MINES. The underground mine is located 60 km southeast of Revelstoke.
Roca noted these milestones:
– Development of the decline has begun using a load-haul-dumper and two-boom jumbo. As the decline advances, 25-m sublevels will be cut. The refuge stations, muck transfer points and work on the 960-m adit is complete- The structural engineering drawings for the mill have been updated to meet provincial codes and snow loads.
– Eighty per cent of the mill building and equipment purchased from ASARCO has been moved from Washington State to the MAX site. The ball mills and crushers are expected shortly.
– The mill foundation is complete and the crusher building will be finished in a few weeks.
– Procurement of the necessary diesel generator sets, switch gear and other electrical equipment is underway.
– The site for the tailings containment area has been cleared and foundation sites are being prepared for starter dams. Work has begun on the tailings pipeline and reclaim water line.
Roca continues to plan for fast-tracked production to commence in late 2006. The permitted Phase I mine plan for MAX will focus on the deposit’s high-grade zone containing 280,000 tonnes (measured and indicated) grading 1.95% MoS2.
Visit www.RocaMines.com to see this month’s photos of the MAX development.