Good copper

Florence Copper Project staff display one of the mine’s first sheets of 99.9% copper.

FLORENCE — Florence Copper Project’s first batch of mineral has tested to be of exceptional purity and quality, parent company Taseko Mines Ltd. of Canada said in an announcement April 25.

The mine’s first 3,700 pounds (32 sheets of copper at 117 pounds each) of copper has been assayed at higher than 99.9 percent copper by Minerals Technology LLC, an independent laboratory, Taseko said.

“Our test facility is performing very well and we are extremely pleased to have produced such high-quality copper this early in the process,” Russell Hallbauer, president and CEO of Taseko, said in the news release. “These results have exceeded our expectations. There is no better proof to demonstrate the success of our highly engineered in-situ leaching process test facility.”

The company is currently conducting a yearlong small-scale testing phase of its mining and production processes.

“With the facility now at steady-state and producing high-quality copper, we will use the balance of the year to refine and improve operating procedures for the commercial facility,” Hallbauer said.

Photos of this cathode harvest and others of the Florence Copper test facility can be found on the company’s website at

The Florence Copper NI 43-101 technical report is available on or the company’s website at

For more information on Taseko, visit the website or contact Brian Bergot, vice president, investor relations, at 778-373-4533 or toll free, 1-877-441-4533.

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