Inmet Mining Announces Resumption of Mining at Las Cruces

Inmet Mining Announces Resumption of Mining at Las Cruces

Inmet Mining Corporation, a Canadian-based global mining company that produces copper, zinc and gold announced that mining operations at its Las Cruces project resumed today after receipt of final approval from the Andalucian Regional Ministry of Innovation, Science and Business (CICE).

The resumption of mining at Las Cruces follows the issuance by CICE of a resolution on April 7th to approve the lifting of the suspension on mining at Las Cruces imposed in May 2008.

Commissioning of the process plant has been completed and with the resumption of mining in the pit, Las Cruces now anticipates that it will produce its first copper cathode during the first week in June.

A public review process is required to amend the permit for the dewatering and reinjection system to incorporate water treatment and other aspects of Las Cruces’ “Global Plan” that addresses the regulators’ concerns that led to the suspension of mining. The public commentary period has expired and the Water Authority of Andalucia has now commenced the process to amend the permit. This process is expected to take several months. Mining and cathode production would continue while the process to amend the permit continues.

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