Mining Week 2014
2013 saw Mount Polley continue production under the 2023 life-of-mine plan.
The mine saw copper production increase by 14 per cent (33.8 million pounds to 38.5 million pounds) in 2013 over 2012; a function of higher copper grade and improved mill recovery and increased mill throughput.
Gold recovery was also higher, but total production decreased by 13 per cent (52,236 ounces to 45,823 ounces) as a function of a lower gold grade.
Mount Polley continued work on the major haul network, waste dump and corresponding water collection systems upgrades started in 2012 as part of the extension of the previous mine plan from 2016 to the projected 2023 operations.
Mining continued in the Springer Pit, with work continuing in stripping the previously mined Cariboo pit in preparation for an expanded open pit design encompassing the two; capturing the main ore body on the site.
Underground mine development also continued, with significant work being completed towards the projected production mining start-up of mid-June, 2014.
Mount Polley continues to work with both local First Nations with interest in the area, the Williams Lake Indian Band and Xatśūll First Nation (Soda Creek Indian Band).
With participation agreements executed with both groups, representatives of all three parties meet bi-monthly, rotating through each group hosting. These meetings provide an important and open line of communication in keeping the bands up-to-date with current and future activities at the mine and looking at opportunities for job creation, business development and promoting environmental stewardship.
Mount Polley currently employs 415 people including staff, hourly and temporary workers.
Luke Moger is the project engineer with Mount Polley Mining Corporation.