Located in the southern interior of British Columbia, Highland Valley Copper is the largest open pit copper mine in Canada and is one of the largest in the world in terms of tonnage mined and milled. The operation employs approximately 900 people, nearly half of them living in Kamloops.
The pits are mined by conventional truck and shovel method on a 24-hour-a-day basis, 365 days a year. The Valley open-pit contains two in-pit crushers feeding a 12,000-tonnes per hour conveying system that delivers ore to stockpiles at the mill. The Lornex pit has a pit rim crushing/conveying system rated at 4,000-tonnes per hour.
The mill processes approximately 135,000-tonnes of ore per day to produce 1,000,000-pounds of copper per day and approximately 14,000-pounds of molybdemnum per day. Mill tailings are stored in a large tailings impoundment dam structure designed to withstand a factor 6.5 earthquake. Process water is recycled for re-use in the mill processes.
Concentrates are transported by truck and rail eastward to domestic markets and to Vancouver for shipment to overseas markets.
Sound environmental performance is practiced in all aspects of the operation. Waste reduction, recycling, and land reclamation programs have resulted in several awards and positive recognition.
While mining continues to be B.C.'s safest heavy industry, Highland Valley Copper leads large mines in safety performance. Highland Valley Copper has been recognized as being the safest large mine in B.C. for 13 of the past 16 years.
Wages and benefits in mining are among the best of all industries. At Highland Valley Copper wages and benefits for 2004 totaled $99 million.
Finally, support of charitable causes is an important part of doing business. Both the company and the employees are major contributors to the United Way, BC Children's Hospital, Royal Inland Hospital and other institutions. Highland Valley Copper and its' employees have been recognized by the local United Way for the "Largest Corporate" and "Largest Employee" contributions for 16 consecutive years.
Highland Valley Copper is located in south-central British Columbia, approximately 75 kilometers southwest of Kamloops. We provide an excellent compensation and benefits package. This picturesque area also offers a wide range of recreational opportunities, including golfing, boating, fishing, hiking, biking and skiing.
Highland Valley Copper hosts an open-house on BC Day. This annual event offers the public an opportunity to view our mine site.
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For information on Highland Valley Copper mining operations see the MineSite page for Highland Valley Copper.