Red Chris Copper-Gold Project

CIM Vancouver 2006
Ian Smith,
Abstract Ian Smith is a Director, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of bcMetals. Mr. Smith has over 35 years experience in corporate, operations, and project management and consulting within the international base, precious metals and coal industries. He has worked around the world including Africa, China, Southeast Asia, and extensively in the Americas. Mr. Smith was President and Founding Partner of ‘MRDI’ which became one of the largest and most successful mining consultancies in North America.

Red Chris Porphyry Copper-Gold Project by Ian Smith, bcMetals Corporation


Located 80 km south of Dease Lake in northern British Columbia, the Red Chris deposit contains a recoverable 1.85 billion lbs of copper and 1.18 million oz gold. Having completed a feasibility in March 2005 and received the Environmental Assessment Certificate in August 2005, bcMetals Corporation is preparing to start construction of an open pit copper-gold mine and processing plant with a design capacity of 50,000 tonnes per year copper metal contained in concentrates..

The 278 million tonne deposit will be mined over a 13 year life using a large shovel and truck combination to develop the 9 pit phases. In order to maximize revenue early in the project, low grade material will be stockpiled for processing in years 14 to 19.

Processing will be based on a conventional copper-gold porphyry flowsheet, with SAG mill, pebble crusher and ball mill grinding, flotation and concentrate dewatering. The 189,000 dtpy of concentrate will be shipped from the Port of Stewart, 322 km by road south of the mine site.

The property located 23 km east of Highway 37 at Tatogga will be operated as a remote site fly-in operation with employees flying to Dease Lake and ground transport to the mine for a 2 weeks in, 2 weeks out rotation. Infrastructure will include a 23 km access road, powerline from the provincial grid at Highway 37, camp and catering facilities, equipment maintenance shops, tailings impoundment and water recycle pumping system.
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