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Canadian Gibraltar mine restarts following wild fire closure

Mining operations have restarted at a Canadian mine, following four days closure as a result of hundreds of wildfires near the mine. Taseko Mines, a ba...

Dale Benton
|Jul 20|magazine5 min read

Mining operations have restarted at a Canadian mine, following four days closure as a result of hundreds of wildfires near the mine.

Taseko Mines, a base metal producer with significant operations throughout British Columbia, was forced to suspend operations at the mine due to restricted site access caused by wildfires in the Western Canadian province.

“The successful restart of Gibraltar involved the efforts of many, including provincial, regional and local officials. Special thanks go out to our employees, many of who have themselves been personally burdened by the impact of the fires yet continued working around the clock manning call centres, providing essential on-site services, volunteering to help fellow employees, all to facilitate a prompt and efficient return to work for the broader workforce,” said Russell Hallbauer, President & CEO of Taseko Mines Limited.

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Taseko owns 75 percent of the Gibraltor mine operation, a copper-molybdenum mine located in south-central British Columbia. The mine itself is the second largest open pit copper mine in Canada.

Gibraltar is the “cornerstone” of Taseko’s growth strategy and over its 22 year life of mine, will look to have an average annual production of 140 million lbs of copper and 2.6 million lbs of molybdenum.

Taseko has invested more than US$700mn into the Gibraltar mine since acquiring the site back in 1999.