Welcome!

News Feed Item

Copper North Progress at Carmacks Project, Yukon

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.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Is your aging software platform suffering from technical debt while the market changes and demands new solutions at a faster clip? It’s a bold move, but you might consider walking away from your core platform and starting fresh. ReadyTalk did exactly that. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, will discuss why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and over a decade of audio conferencing product development to start an innovati...
Complete Internet of Things (IoT) embedded device security is not just about the device but involves the entire product’s identity, data and control integrity, and services traversing the cloud. A device can no longer be looked at as an island; it is a part of a system. In fact, given the cross-domain interactions enabled by IoT it could be a part of many systems. Also, depending on where the device is deployed, for example, in the office building versus a factory floor or oil field, security ha...
“We're a global managed hosting provider. Our core customer set is a U.S.-based customer that is looking to go global,” explained Adam Rogers, Managing Director at ANEXIA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Secure Channels will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The bedrock of Secure Channels Technology is a uniquely modified and enhanced process based on superencipherment. Superencipherment is the process of encrypting an already encrypted message one or more times, either using the same or a different algorithm.
I’m going to cry tonight, long and hard. I’ll do so as I remember and mourn Jeremy Geelan. I knew Jeremy for almost 20 years, from the time he showed up one day at Cloud Expo’s headquarters in Bergen County, New Jersey, and went to work. The show wasn’t called Cloud Expo then, of course – it was still known as Java Edge, a pioneering event that grabbed developers, architects, and enterprise IT users alike for twice-yearly confabs. Jeremy didn’t have a job there, or even a job offer. He was s...
Let’s face it, embracing new storage technologies, capabilities and upgrading to new hardware often adds complexity and increases costs. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Seth Oxenhorn, Vice President of Business Development & Alliances at FalconStor, discussed how a truly heterogeneous software-defined storage approach can add value to legacy platforms and heterogeneous environments. The result reduces complexity, significantly lowers cost, and provides IT organizations with improved efficienc...
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walk you through how Oct...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CDS Global Cloud, an Infrastructure as a Service provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CDS Global Cloud is an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provider specializing in solutions for e-commerce, internet gaming, online education and other internet applications. With a growing number of data centers and network points around the world, ...
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus...