Pumpkin Hollow will be the next copper mine built in North America, Matt Gili, Nevada Copper
’s (TSX: NCU) new president and CEO, tells The Northern Miner
in one of his first media interviews on the job.
Gili, a mining engineer who joined the company in May, says his mandate from Nevada Copper’s board is clear: Build a mine at Pumpkin Hollow that will set in motion the company’s transformation into a mid-tier copper producer.
After fifteen years at Rio Tinto
(LON: RIO) and five years at Barrick Gold
(TSX: ABX; NYSE: ABX), Gili certainly has the qualifications for the job. His responsibilities at Rio included chief operating officer and vice president of resource strategy at the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold project in Mongolia; managing director of Palabora Mining, a Rio-invested company in South Africa; and mine manager at Greens Creek in Alaska. At Barrick, Gili spent the majority of his time as executive general manager in Nevada’s Cortez district.
“Pumpkin Hollow is exciting for me. This is the right project at the right time,” he says. “It is the only fully permitted, shovel ready copper project in North America, which puts us in a unique position. We’re not permitting. We’re building a mine today.”
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