Vancouver, BC - Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE Amex: TGB) (“Taseko” or the “Company”) reports unaudited first quarter production results for its Gibraltar Mine.
For the first quarter of 2010, the Gibraltar Mine produced 23.2 million pounds of copper and 194 thousand pounds of molybdenum.
A quarter over quarter production comparison is below:
|Mill Throughput (millions, tons)
|Copper Recoveries (%)
|Copper Production (millions, lbs)
The improved first quarter production performance was primarily a result of continued optimization of recently upgraded concentrator components and circuits. Mill throughput has steadily increased and tons per operating day reached 45,000 tons in the quarter, even during the operationally challenging winter months, as material handling issues were effectively managed. Metal recoveries have significantly improved since the tower mill was integrated into the recovery circuit, increasing regrind capacity. Additionally, copper grade for the quarter was approximately 10% above life of mine average grade.
Russell Hallbauer, President and CEO of Taseko, commented, “These sustainable production improvements are reflecting the modern, efficient mining operation we have built. In approximately six months, major construction projects will be complete and the targeted annual production level of 115 million pounds of copper will soon follow. Simultaneous with our production ramp up, copper prices are at two-year highs putting Taseko in an excellent position to move forward with other growth initiatives.”The improved first quarter production performance was primarily a result of continued optimization of recently upgraded concentrator components and circuits. Mill throughput has steadily increased and tons per operating day reached 45,000 tons in the quarter, even during the operationally challenging winter months, as material handling issues were effectively managed. Metal recoveries have significantly improved since the tower mill was integrated into the recovery circuit, increasing regrind capacity. Additionally, copper grade for the quarter was approximately 10% above life of mine average grade.
For further information on Taseko, please see the Company’s website www.tasekomines.com or contact:
Brian Bergot, Investor Relations - 778-373-4545, toll free 1-800-667-2114
President and CEO
No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained in this news release.
CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
This document contains “forward-looking statements” that were based on Taseko’s expectations, estimates and projections as of the dates as of which those statements were made. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “should” and similar expressions.
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These included but are not limited to:
- uncertainties and costs related to the Company’s exploration and development activities, such as those associated with continuity of mineralization or determining whether mineral resources or reserves exist on a property;
- uncertainties related to the accuracy of our estimates of mineral reserves, mineral resources, production rates and timing of production, future production and future cash and total costs of production and milling;
- uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns from a mining project;
- uncertainties related to our ability to complete the mill upgrade on time estimated and at the scheduled cost;
- uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary licenses permits for development projects and project delays due to third party opposition;
- uncertainties related to unexpected or ongoing judicial or regulatory proceedings;
- changes in, and the effects of, the laws, regulations and government policies affecting our exploration and development activities and mining operations, particularly laws, regulations and policies;
- changes in general economic conditions, the financial markets and in the demand and market price for copper, gold and other minerals and commodities, such as diesel fuel, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy, mining equipment, and fluctuations in exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar, and the continued availability of capital and financing;
- the effects of forward selling instruments to protect against fluctuations in copper prices and exchange rate movements and the risks of counterparty defaults, and mark to market risk;
- the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover mining risks;
- the risk of loss of key employees; the risk of changes in accounting policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates;
- environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining including processing and stock piling ore; and
- labour strikes, work stoppages, or other interruptions to, or difficulties in, the employment of labour in markets in which we operate mines, or environmental hazards, industrial accidents or other events or occurrences, including third party interference that interrupt the production of minerals in our mines.
For further information on Taseko, investors should review the Company’s annual Form 40-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission www.sec.gov and home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.
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