July 27, 2009, Vancouver, BC - Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE AMEX: TGB) (“Taseko” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide the following update on production and cost results for the second quarter 2009.
During the second quarter of 2009, the Gibraltar Mine produced 19.1 million pounds of copper and 217 thousand pounds of molybdenum. For the first six months of 2009, Gibraltar has produced 39.0 million pounds of copper and 404 thousand pounds of molybdenum, representing a 46% increase in copper production compared to the same period in 2008. These quarterly production figures are in line with annual production guidance of 80 million pounds of copper and 800 thousand pounds of molybdenum.
Total (on-site and off-site) cash costs for the second quarter were US$1.30 per pound. For the first six months of 2009, total cash costs averaged US$1.23 per pound.
Russell Hallbauer, President and CEO of Taseko stated, “These production and cost results demonstrate the improved capabilities of Gibraltar’s upgraded concentrator and new mining equipment. The copper price strengthened during the second quarter, averaging US$2.12 per pound on the London Metals Exchange. Today’s price is over US$2.50 per pound and with our recent mine enhancements, Taseko is well positioned to capitalize on the much improved price environment.”
Mr. Hallbauer continued, “Concentrator upgrade work recommenced in the second quarter with the installation of the new vertimill will increase metal recoveries by an estimated 3%. In conjunction with additional capital projects, we are on track to achieve annual production capacity of 115 million pounds of copper by the middle of 2010. Engineering and operations personnel are currently examining ways to accelerate this timeframe.”
Note: The above production and cost figures are unaudited.
Contact: Brian Bergot, Investor Relations - 778-373-4545, toll free 1-800-667-2114
President and CEO
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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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