VMS Ventures updates progress at the Reed copper project near Snow Lake, Manitoba
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013VMS Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:VMS) ("VMS Ventures" or the "Company") is pleased to report on developments at the Reed copper project near Snow Lake, Manitoba. Reed is a high grade copper deposit scheduled to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2013. VMS Ventures owns 30% and is carried to production. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM)(NYSE:HBM) ("Hudbay") owns 70% and is the Operator.
VMS Ventures COO Neil Richardson, states: "Important progress was made over the last quarter of 2012 with the completion of necessary infrastructure for underground development. We are particularly pleased that the Reed project has completed much of the difficult near surface phase of underground work, including the completion of approximately 72 metres of lateral development in 2012."
The Reed project is within the planned budget and schedule towards production in the fourth quarter of 2013. As of the end of 2012, the team worked 294 days without a lost time accident, including the critical activity on the project to ensure the decline is well supported near its entrance by installing bolts, screen, arches, spilings and shotcrete.
Hudbay and VMS Ventures have invested $19.7 million on the project to November 30, 2012 and have entered into an additional $17.8 million in commitments for the project. Capital expenditures at Reed are expected to total approximately $44 million in 2013.
The Environmental Act license application for Reed has been submitted to the provincial government. Mining at the Reed Copper Project is expected to begin by the fourth quarter of 2013, and is anticipated to ramp up to full production of approximately 1,300 tonnes per day by the first quarter of 2014.