VVC Exploration Corp. said Aug. 7 that its board of directors approved the start of a pilot mine on the Gloria Zones of the Kaity Claim at its Northern Mexico Copper Project in Chihuahua state after receiving environmental and land-use change permits in July.
The approval came after the company released an update on the mineral resources in the area, with an indicated resource of 9.6 million tonnes grading 0.28% copper, or 60 million pounds of copper, and an inferred resource of 14.4 million tonnes grading 0.28% copper, or 90 million pounds of copper.
The plan involves mining the oxide copper resources through open pit extraction, heap leach ore processing, and copper recovery using an on-site electrowinning facility. Plant construction is expected to take six to nine months. The plant will have an initial capacity to process an estimated 2,000 tonnes daily of mineralized material, increasing to about 4,000 tonnes per day 12 months from the start.
In July, the company said it will soon decide on the Gloria zones as metallurgical tests were kicked off.