Copper Mountain is currently working an expansion plan to bring production up to 45,000 tonnes a day. (File photo)

Copper Mountain is currently working an expansion plan to bring production up to 45,000 tonnes a day. (File photo)

2020 was a great year for Copper Mountain Mine

Expansion and new hires planned for the coming months

Business is just rocking at Princeton’s Copper Mountain Mine.

“We have lots of exciting plans,” said general manager Eric Dell. “The team is doing great and we are not facing any serious challenges.”

In November, Copper Mountain announced a new mine plan, extending its life by at least 21 years.

That is in conjunction with an expansion proposal that would see production increase from 40,000 to 65,000 tonnes per day.

When completed, the expansion – with a capital cost of about $148 million – would push the mine’s net asset value to $1 billion.

“It’s an extension of the old Ingerbell Pit,” Dell explained. “Outside of the old pit we found some very high quality ore and we’ve looked at that and we believe it is economical to us.

RELATED: Big changes underway at Copper Mountain Mine

“We are preparing…to essentially get our mining permits to include that area.”

Copper Mountain employees 460 people and there are plans for 30 new hires in 2021, said Dell.

An expansion to 45,000 tonnes a day production is already in the works, requiring the building of a third ball mill.

Moving to 65,000 tonnes a day would mean a fourth mill installment and numerous system upgrades.

Dell said presently engineers are testing an overhead trolley assist which could move haul trucks along an electric trolley line.

“It’s oldish technology,” said Dell. “There are not many mines in the world that use it…One of its main benefits is it reduces diesel consumption.”

The company is also focusing on growth in other ways.

This year, and for each of the next five years, Copper Mountain will reclaim 25 hectares of land.

That project is being managed with input from First Nations.

“We have regular meetings with Upper Similkameen Indian Band and Lower Similkameen Indian band and we keep them informed with what is happening at the mine site. We also have regular meetings with the town and with the local (regional district areas).”

In 2020, Copper Mountain received a AAA rating for its Aboriginal and Community Outreach program, and a AA rating for safety and health. “We are part of a global industry making sure we are doing the best for our community,” said Dell.

Related: BIG BIG NEWS from Copper Mountain Mine

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on?

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A historic home near Granny’s Fruit Stand in Summerland was the home of two of the community’s mayors. J.R. Campbell and Don Cameron both lived at the home on Highway 97 in Summerland, but not at the same time. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Historic house was home to two Summerland mayors

Building along Highway 97 was constructed in 1906

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
95 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health, two deaths

Another member of Vernon’s Noric House has passed

Vaccine rollout is focused on health care workers first, especially those dealing with long-term care facilities. (Nathan Denette - Canadian Press)
General public shouldn’t expect vaccines until fall: Interior Health

Interior Health focused on vaccinating long-term and first-line care workers

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has given first reading to its 2021 budget. (RDOS image)
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen budget to rise by 2.8 per cent

Impact of budget increase will not be the same in all communities or electoral areas

Hedley residents are advised to not drink the water until a pump in one of its wells is fixed. Photo Andrea DeMeer
Hedley residents under do-not-consume-water order due to arsenic levels

Residents in Hedley remain under a do-not-consume-water order, due to higher than… Continue reading

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin sets up for mass vaccination clinic in Toronto, Jan. 17, 2021. B.C. is set to to begin its large-scale immunization program for the general public starting in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
B.C.’s COVID-19 mass vaccinations expected to start in April

Clinics to immunize four million people by September

The District of Saanich’s communications team decided to take part in a viral trend on Thursday and photoshopped U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders into a staff meeting photo. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Bernie Sanders makes guest appearance municipal staff meeting in B.C.

Vancouver Island firefighters jump on viral trend of photoshopped U.S. senator

School District 57 headquarters in Prince George. (Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
Prince George school district settles with sexual abuse victim

Terms were part of an out-of-court settlement reached with Michael Bruneau, nearly four years after he filed a lawsuit

The Oliver Fire Department’s “new” truck was built with the help of various local companies. It was completed Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Oliver Fire Dept. / Facebook)
It takes a town to build a truck: The Oliver Fire Department gets creative

Ingenuity and local connections played an important role in the upgrading fire truck

Surrey provincial court. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
New COVID-19 protocols set for provincial courthouses

The new rules were issued on Jan. 21, and took effect immediately

Police in Vancouver looking for male suspect who allegedly spat and attacked a store manager for not wearing a mask, at 7-Eleven near Alma Street and West 10th Avenue just before noon on Dec. 17, 2020. (Vancouver police handout)
VIDEO: Man spits on 7-Eleven manager over mask rule, sparking Vancouver police probe

‘Unfortunately, the store manager sustained a cut to his head during the assault’

The Vancouver-based SAR team successfully rescued two lost snowshoers off of the west side of Tim Jones Peak in the early morning of Monday, Jan. 19. (North Shore Rescue photo)
B.C.’s busiest SAR team raises alarm after 2021 begins with fatality, multiple rescues

‘People beyond ski resort areas of Seymour, Grouse, and Cypress go without cell reception,’ SAR warns

A ‘Notice of trespass and personal liability’ has been ‘served’ by a mysterious group called the Sovereign Republic of British Columbia to several Okanagan mayors.
Mysterious group serves notice to Okanagan-Shuswap mayors, demanding end to ‘unlawful’ COVID rules

26-page letter sent by ‘Sovereign Republic of British Columbia’

Vernon’s Ellison Provincial Park has everything the outdoor enthusiast could wish for. (Ribbons of Green photo)
Upgrades trail in for Okanagan campgrounds

Bear Creek and Ellison improvements underway

Most Read