Taseko Mines: Florence Copper Aquifer Protection Permit Not Appealed by Town Council
January 5, 2021, Vancouver, BC – Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE American: TGB; LSE: TKO) (“Taseko” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Florence Town Council has decided it will not appeal the Aquifer Protection Permit (“APP”) which was recently granted by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”).
Stuart McDonald, President of Taseko, commented, “We are very pleased by this decision and believe this change in approach by Council signals a new beginning. Our expectation is that open and productive dialogue will result and that our future together is bright.”
“We believe that two years of operating the test facility within the strict environmental guidelines set out in our current permits, combined with the future economic benefits from the commercial production facility, certainly contributed to Council’s decision. Transitioning Florence Copper to commercial production, which includes expanding the current wellfield and SX/EW plant, will mean an average of 85 million pounds of copper per year for 20 years beginning in late 2022,” concluded Mr. McDonald.
- Pre-tax net present value of US$920 million at a 7.5% discount rate
- After-tax net present value of US$680 million at a 7.5% discount rate
- IRR of 40% and a 2.3 year payback
- 20 year mine life with average C1 cash costs of US$1.13 per pound
- At US$5,600 per ton of installed capacity, Florence Copper is one of the lowest capital intensity copper projects in the world
- Reserves of 345 million tons grading 0.36% copper containing 2.5 billion pounds of copper
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Brian Bergot, Vice President, Investor Relations - 778-373-4533 or toll free 1-877-441-4533
Chief Executive Officer and Director
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- 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.
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