The Galore Creek project is located in northwestern British Columbia, approximately 150 kilometres northwest of Stewart.
The Galore Creek project, as envisioned by a Prefeasibility Study (PFS) published in 2011, would be a large-scale open-pit copper-gold-silver mine which would provide ore to a process plant at a nominal rate of 95,000 tonnes per day or 34.6 million tonnes per year over an approximate 18-year mine life (see mineral reserve and resource statement for basis of PFS mine plan). Mining and mine rock facilities would be located in the Galore Valley. A tunnel would connect the mining facilities to the process plant and tailing facilities in the adjacent West More Valley.The process plant would produce a high-quality copper concentrate with significant gold and silver credits, using a conventional grinding and flotation circuit. The concentrate would be transported along the project access road to Highway 37, then along Highway 37 to a marine loading facility in the town of Stewart for shipment to various international destinations.
A resource and geotechnical drill program was carried out in 2011 and 2012 to upgrade the classification of inferred mineral resources that could become part of the mine plan as well as further refine the open pit design parameters. GCMC also carried out minor safety improvements on the project access road during this time. Further work was carried out in late 2011 to assess the implications of a larger mineable resource and optimize components of the project design. Additional studies are underway to assess opportunities to improve the project. Environmental baseline studies are ongoing.