New York-listed and Denver-based molybdenum and soon to be copper producer Thompson Creek Metals has achieved commercial production at the new mill at its Endako primary molybdenum mine in British Columbia, the company said Tuesday.
Thompson Creek said in a statement that commercial production was achieved on February 1 and the new mill has been running at or above its design capacity of 55,000 mt/day. It said that this represents a 77% increase over the old mill’s capacity of 31,000 mt/day.
It said the construction of the regrind circuit for the new mill is due to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2012. Until then, the company is continuing to use the regrind circuit on the old mill. Once complete Thompson Creek will be able to ramp up production further at Endako.