Nevada Copper Provides Operations Update, Executes Long-Term Mining Contract, Identifies New Zones Of Copper Mineralization
Yerington, NV – June 16, 2020 – Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX: NCU) (“Nevada Copper” or the “Company’’) is pleased to provide a further update on progress towards the restart of production at its Pumpkin Hollow underground mine, and identification of further new zones of copper mineralization in further expanded land holding.
Restart Preparations and Accelerated Mine Development
The Company continues preparations for the recommencement of processing operations, suspended due to the impact of COVID-19. Considerable progress has been made with its previously reported accelerated mine plan, including:
- Vertical Development:
- With the completion of Main Shaft deepening to the final depth of 2,131 ft., the shaft changeover to production configuration has commenced and is tracking on schedule
- Installation of permanent ore handling system at the Main Shaft headframe is also progressing on schedule
- Ongoing Lateral Development Mining:
- Further increases in rates of lateral development and expedited excavation of key underground infrastructure in preparation to shift focus to development of stope inventory
- Further increase of ore stockpile ahead of the process plant restart, sitting at over 114,000 tons as of May 31
- Process Plant:
- Phased remobilization of plant personnel has commenced
- Preparations ongoing for the recommencement of processing operations targeted in August this year
The Company’s accelerated development plan is progressing well towards the restart of concentrate production in Q3 2020, subject to revision based on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.
Long-Term Mining Contract
The Company has now entered into a long-term mining contract with Redpath USA Corporation (“Redpath”). Redpath has been working at Pumpkin Hollow since January 2020 under the previously announced interim services agreement. The signing of the long-term mining contract between Nevada Copper and Redpath further cements their long-term operating relationship.
Redpath is a highly accomplished mining contractor with experience of successfully delivering complex international and domestic projects.
New Zones of Copper Mineralization and Increased Land Holdings
Nevada Copper has recently staked an additional, highly prospective land package covering approximately 680 acres immediately contiguous to its existing Pumpkin Hollow property and along the eastern boundary of the Tedeboy area. Review of historical aero-magnetic survey data has identified a magnetic high which coincides with the identification of anomalous copper mineralization at surface with grab samples returning copper grades confirming the prospectivity of this newly acquired property.
Evan Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of Nevada Copper, stated “We have made accelerated and marked progress on the Company’s restart schedule and planned underground ramp-up to full scale production. Signing the long-term contract with Redpath is another integral step. Having excellent partners and mobilizing the workforce are key steps towards re-establishing normal operations and achieving full scale production following recent global shutdowns.”
Continued Shareholder Support
As previously disclosed, shareholder Pala Investments Limited (“Pala”) has provided bonding indemnity support to the Company. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the insurance industry has seen a broad-based move by surety providers to request greater collateral coverage for bonds. Pala has agreed to provide a short-term loan of US$5.5 million to the Company to cover existing and other bonding needs as may arise, which allows the Company to better utilize its cash for development and restart of operations.
The information and data in this news release was reviewed by Greg French, P. Geol., and David Sabourin, P.E., for Nevada Copper, who are non-independent Qualified Persons within the meaning of NI 43-101.
About Nevada Copper
Nevada Copper (TSX: NCU) is a copper producer and owner of the Pumpkin Hollow copper project. Located in Nevada, USA, Pumpkin Hollow has substantial reserves and resources including copper, gold and silver. Its two fully permitted projects include the high-grade underground mine and processing facility, which is now in the production stage, and a large-scale open pit project, which is advancing towards feasibility status.
Redpath was founded in 1962 by Jim Redpath and has an exemplary track record in the mining industry. With a foundation built on global experience, adaptability and exceptional workmanship, Redpath leads the industry with cutting edge innovations in safety and mining practices.
Evan Spencer, President and CEO
NEVADA COPPER CORP.
For further information contact:
Rich Matthews, Investor Relations
+1 604 355 7179
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