|By Marketwired .||
|September 2, 2014 05:00 PM EDT||
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/02/14 -- Copper North Mining Corp. ("Copper North" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: COL) is pleased to update its progress on the re-engineering of the Carmacks Project in north central Yukon. Several initiatives are now underway for improving the operations plan and reducing the capital cost of development of the Carmacks Project.
Initial investigations focused on the recovery of gold and silver alongside the leaching of copper; resulting in an increase in mine revenues, a minor increase in capital expenditure, and a reduction of the cost to produce copper, after deduction of gold and silver credits.
With the completion of the Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA"), efforts are now focused on evaluating alternative processing plans and opportunities for the reduction of capital expense for the mine facilities (see May 30, 2014 news release).
The addition of a gold and silver leach, alongside the copper leach, warranted a review of the optimal leach plan to maximize both copper and precious metal recovery. A mini-study comparing vat leaching of copper to heap leaching of copper utilizing an on/off leach pad indicated that the capital costs are similar; however, there may be significant operational benefits from using vat leaching.
Vat Leach Alternative
The vat leach process of submerging the crushed ore in weak sulphuric acid, removes much of the operating complexity of leach pads and simplifies environmental management of an on/off leach pad, especially under winter weather conditions. Secondly, it provides for preparation of optimal conditions for cyanide leaching of the spent copper leach material for high recovery of gold and silver. The rapid leach time expected in vat leaching (3 to 5 weeks) provides for an early start for cyanidation of recovery of gold and silver.
A bulk sample is being prepared to undertake the vat leach test work and prepare the leached materials for the cyanidation test work. This is the key additional information necessary to finalize the new processing and development plan and commence the preparation of a new feasibility study and environmental assessment report for re-entry to the permitting process.
Benchmarking and Capital Expenditure Reduction Opportunities
Comparison of capital costs for similar projects have indicated that there are opportunities for the reduction of capital expenditures; particularly, for equipment used in the processing area. Copper North has met with three well accredited engineering institutes in China to discuss the provision of detailed engineering and procurement of certain equipment for the processing or Carmacks ores.
Proposals for engineering and preliminary cost estimates for the SXEW and sulphuric acid plant have been received and indicate that there is potential for 20 to 40% reduction in some components of the development plan at the Carmacks Project. Copper North is advancing discussions with the engineering groups to provide the Company with a detailed proposal for feasibility study level engineering and procurement from China for a range of equipment including the SXEW plant, acid plant, gold-silver recovery unit, electrical components and other mechanical equipment used in materials transfer. This work will be done in cooperation with other engineering groups that will be reviewing and making adjustments from the PEA to adapt to the new development plan that is in progress.
Management is pleased with its progress in identifying and pursuing opportunities for both reducing development costs for the project and improving operations. The metallurgical test work is expected to take approximate three to four months to complete. This work is key to finalizing the development plan and undertaking detailed engineering for a new feasibility study. Expansion of the management team is required to meet the growing engineering and project management needs. Planning for this step is in progress.
Dr. Harlan Meade, P.Geo., is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 standards, and has prepared and is responsible for the contents of this news release.
On behalf of the Board of Directors:
Dr. Harlan Meade, President, CEO and Director
About Copper North
Copper North is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company. Copper North's assets include the Carmacks Project located in the Yukon, the Thor property located in British Columbia, and the Redstone property located in the Northwest Territories. Copper North trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol COL.
This news release includes certain forward-looking information or forward-looking statements for the purposes of applicable securities laws. These statements include, among others, statements with respect to results from previous exploration on the Carmacks Project; proposed exploration and development plans, their timing and results achieved from such activity; the potential for reducing capital and operating costs; development, engineering, and permitting activities and their cost and timing; potential operating and economic benefits from using the vat leach process; and future economic operating results. These statements address future events and conditions and, as such, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations include, among others, the timing and success of future exploration, development, metallurgical, and engineering activities; exploration and development risks; market prices; exploitation and exploration results; availability of capital and financing; general economic, market or business conditions; uninsured risks; regulatory changes; defects in title; availability of personnel, materials and equipment; unanticipated environmental impacts on operations and other exploration risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators. In making the forward-looking statements, the Company has applied several material assumptions including, but not limited to, the proposed exploration and development of the Carmacks Project will proceed as planned; vat leaching will provide expected operational and economic benefits; market fundamentals will result in sustained metals and mineral prices; and any additional financing needed will be available on reasonable terms. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as otherwise required by applicable securities legislation.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
"Qosmos has launched L7Viewer, a network traffic analysis tool, so it analyzes all the traffic between the virtual machine and the data center and the virtual machine and the external world," stated Sebastien Synold, Product Line Manager at Qosmos, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 4, 2016 01:15 PM EST Reads: 603
"We are a modern development application platform and we have a suite of products that allow you to application release automation, we do version control, and we do application life cycle management," explained Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 4, 2016 01:00 PM EST Reads: 746
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
Dec. 4, 2016 12:45 PM EST Reads: 2,112
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Dec. 4, 2016 12:30 PM EST Reads: 1,664
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to simplify and streamline our lives by automating routine tasks that distract us from our goals. This promise is based on the ubiquitous deployment of smart, connected devices that link everything from industrial control systems to automobiles to refrigerators. Unfortunately, comparatively few of the devices currently deployed have been developed with an eye toward security, and as the DDoS attacks of late October 2016 have demonstrated, this oversight can ...
Dec. 4, 2016 12:00 PM EST Reads: 750
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 4, 2016 11:45 AM EST Reads: 369
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Dec. 4, 2016 11:15 AM EST Reads: 891
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Dec. 4, 2016 11:15 AM EST Reads: 2,194
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
Dec. 4, 2016 11:15 AM EST Reads: 5,727
"Dice has been around for the last 20 years. We have been helping tech professionals find new jobs and career opportunities," explained Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 4, 2016 10:45 AM EST Reads: 872
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
Dec. 4, 2016 09:45 AM EST Reads: 542
Rapid innovation, changing business landscapes, and new IT demands force businesses to make changes quickly. In the eyes of many, containers are at the brink of becoming a pervasive technology in enterprise IT to accelerate application delivery. In this presentation, attendees learned about the: The transformation of IT to a DevOps, microservices, and container-based architecture What are containers and how DevOps practices can operate in a container-based environment A demonstration of how ...
Dec. 4, 2016 09:45 AM EST Reads: 871
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, drew together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established compa...
Dec. 4, 2016 09:30 AM EST Reads: 796
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Dec. 4, 2016 09:30 AM EST Reads: 604
Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service. In his session at 19th Cloud Exp...
Dec. 4, 2016 09:00 AM EST Reads: 568