KGHM International Ltd. is working towards the development of the Ajax Project. The proposal consists of an open-pit mine located on the historic Ajax-Afton mine site, which has seen a range of exploration and extraction from small-scale mine operations to the development of an open-pit operation under Teck Resources Ltd. and the Afton Operating Corporation between 1989 and 1997. The project is located on traditional Secwépemc territory near the city limits of Kamloops. The project sits entirely within the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD).
- Annual production of 109 million pounds of copper and 99,000 ounces of gold
- 60,000 tonne-per-day (TPD) processing capacity
- ~20-year mine life
- ~500 full-time positions ranging from technical, to mining services, health and safety, and administrative
If approved, the proposed Ajax Mine and processing facilities will employ state-of-the-art mining and environmental protection monitoring technologies.
KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. is a joint venture company formed in June 2010 between KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. (KGHM SA) and Abacus Mining and Exploration Corporation, following KGHM SA’s acquisition of a 51 per cent ownership stake in the Ajax Project. In April 2012, KGHM SA exercised their option to increase ownership in the project to 80 per cent and in September 2012, KGHM International (a wholly owned subsidiary of KGHM SA) became the operator of the Ajax Project.
KGHM International intends to submit its environmental assessment application to the federal and provincial government review agencies by early 2015. A scope of research for this review has been established through extensive discussion with the governmental review bodies and information drawn from the Community Advisory Group (CAG), which represents 16 local interest groups. The environmental assessment application currently has 37 valued components, and KGHM International is working with nearly 25 technical consultants in addition to its strong in-house technical staff to gather and evaluate the data required to submit the application.
Once an environmental assessment certificate is granted, 42 permits will also require approval from a variety of federal and provincial government agencies.
KGHM International is committed to building strong and lasting partnerships in the communities in which we operate. The company has undertaken numerous community outreach programs including workshops, open houses, and twice weekly mine site tours (conditions permitting) to familiarize the community with both the Ajax Project and KGHM International. Additionally, KGHM International is very active in seeking community partnerships and consistently sponsors events, clubs, local businesses, community groups, local athletics, art initiatives and performances, as well as a variety of non-profit organizations.
We are committed to hiring our employees locally, while identifying partnership opportunities with various education and training organizations and institutions to ensure the expertise required for our operations will be available.