When previous Florence Copper Project owner BHP tested the in-situ process here 20 years ago, they brought in solvent solution from their San Manuel mine. After dissolving copper ore in the ground, they trucked the leach solution back to San Manuel for processing.
This time, current owner Taseko Mines Ltd. plans to do everything here.
“We’re going to do everything from A to Z right on the property,” including manufacturing about 1.5 million pounds of copper, Florence Copper Vice President and General Manager Dan Johnson said. “… So this is truly a pilot prove-out production test facility.”