Fluor to lead Arizona copper PFS

Staff reporter

Fluor Enterprises will lead preliminary feasibility study work on Ivanhoe Electric’s Santa Cruz copper project in Arizona, USA, which is expected to be wrapped up in the second quarter next year.

Robert Friedland-chaired Ivanhoe Electric said Fluor’s recent domestic projects included many of America’s largest copper mines by annual copper production.

“Selecting the lead external consultants for our Santa Cruz copper project is a major milestone in the advancement of our modern, high-grade underground copper project on private land in Arizona,” Ivanhoe Electric CEO Taylor Melvin said.

“We are excited to have Fluor, a recognised global leader in the design, engineering and construction of high-quality mining projects, lead a world-class team of experienced consultants to assist with our preliminary feasibility study.”

The company has Canadian consulting firm BBA as mine engineering lead and has engaged Stantec (ventilation and refrigeration), Call & Nicholas (geotechnical), KCB Consultants (tailings management), INTERA (hydrogeology), Tetra Tech, Life Cycle Geo and Haley & Aldrich (social and community impacts, environmental studies, and permitting) to work on the project.

Ivanhoe Electric said last September an initial assessment of Santa Cruz had outlined a potential 5.9 million tonnes per year underground mining operation, “supported by 105.2 million tonnes of modelled mill feed with an average grade of 1.58% copper” from the Santa Cruz and East Ridge deposits. The proposed US$1.15 billion operation with an estimated 20-year life could start production later in the decade.


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