Jan. 11, 2012
Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE Amex: TGB) ("Taseko" or the "Company") confirmed its Gibraltar Development Plan 3 ("GDP3") 2012 capital program today, announcing planned expenditures of
this year. The GDP3 investment will increase Taseko's share of copper production capacity to 140 million pounds per year.
In addition, Taseko has committed a further
in 2012 for development and advancement of the wholly-owned Aley Niobium Project and New Prosperity Gold-Copper Project, both in
, President & CEO commented, "
A key strategic priority for Taseko in 2012 will be positioning the Company for growth in 2013 and beyond. This priority includes the GDP3 project build-out and the near-term production growth it will provid
We are over six months into the 18 month project. On a 100% basis, Gibraltar has spent $56 million and has fixed price commitments of $70 million, with a budgeted total of $235 million (excluding mining equipment). The remaining $109 million will be made up of construction materials and contracts. The project is on budget and on time for a December 2012 completion
Mr. Hallbauer continued, "
The free cash flow from our 75% share of Gibraltar production will support Taseko's Aley and New Prosperity project expenditures. This year will be pivotal for our two development projects. We expect to complete a feasibility study on Aley in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the recently announced environmental assessment process for New Prosperity is scheduled to complete in November 2012
Mr. Hallbauer concluded, "
Operationally, we are well positioned for the completion of this work, with all of these value-enhancing programs funded from operations and Taseko's $340 million cash position, as at the beginning of 2012. In addition, our Gibraltar operating margins are protected from copper price volatility by the US$3.50/ pound puts that are in place for all of 2012 against 90% of Taseko's share of Gibraltar copper production
is a Joint Venture owned by Taseko Mines Limited (75%) and Cariboo Copper Corp. (25%).
President and CEO
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