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Taseko’s wholly owned Florence Copper, an in-situ copper recovery project, is located midway between Phoenix and Tucson near the community of Florence, Arizona.
Development of the project is being performed in two phases – the first phase is a production test facility, which is followed by the second phase commercial facility.
Construction of the Phase 1 facility, which includes 24 injection, recovery and monitoring wells and an SX/EW plant, was completed in the third quarter 2018, on-time and on budget.
In December 2018, wellfield operations commenced, with the injection and recovery systems fully ramped up shortly after. In April 2019, after the initial leaching period, the first high quality copper cathode was produced.
Concurrent with test facility operations, the Company is advancing a permit amendment process to transition to commercial production.
Successfully operating the Phase 1 wellfield and SX/EW plant has been major milestone in advancing and realizing the full value of the Project.