Constancia

In 2011, Hudbay acquired Norsemont Mining Inc. and its wholly owned Constancia copper porphyry project located in southern Peru. Production began as expected during the fourth quarter of 2014. Commercial production remains on track for the second quarter of 2015.

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Key Facts

  • Location: South-eastern Andes of Peru, in the Chamaca and Livitaca Districts, Province of Chumbivilcas, Department of Cusco
  • Ownership: 100%
  • Property: 22,516 hectares in 36 mineral concessions
  • Primary metals: copper
  • Secondary metals: molybdenum, silver
  • Contemplated type of mining: open pit

Life of Mine1

Ownership

100%

Daily ore throughput

80k tpd

Avg. annual Cu production2

82k tonnes

Cash cost per Cu lb3

US$1.25/lb

Mine and mill unit cost4

US$7.48/tonne

Avg. annual sustaining capital

US$47 million

Mine life

22 years

Source: Hudbay company disclosure

1.LOM as per NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Constancia Project dated October 15, 2012 and subsequent updates to project estimates in public disclosure
2.Production is contained metal in concentrate
3.Net of by-products. Includes impact of silver and gold streams. Assumed metal prices per the Silver Wheaton stream agreement are as follows: Gold US$400/oz, Silver US$5.90/oz. Other metal price assumptions include: Molybdenum 2014-US$12/lb, 2015-US$13/lb, 2016-US$13/lb, LT-US$13.50/lb; Gold 2014-US$1,350/oz, 2015-US$1,325/oz, 2016-US$1,300/oz, 2017-US$1,275/oz, LT-US$1,250/oz
4.Combined mine and mill unit operating costs per tonne of ore processed

Project Status

Production from Hudbay’s 100% owned Constancia project in Peru began as expected during the fourth quarter of 2014. Commercial production remains on track for the second quarter of 2015. Safety remains a primary focus at the operation with the project achieving 21 million hours worked and only one lost time injury during 2014.

 

Ore commissioning began in the fourth quarter of 2014 on the first of two grinding lines, resulting in first copper concentrate production in late 2014. There are currently approximately 900,000 tonnes of ore on the run-of-mine pad and an additional 1.2 million tonnes of broken ore in the Constancia pit. The commissioning process is currently testing plant capacity and performance, including planned shutdown periods for retorquing, repairing and inspecting the plant equipment.

   

Physical construction is essentially complete with minimal project capital expenditures remaining. Demobilization of construction crews is ongoing as the transition from the project to operating team is underway.  The plant is performing as expected with key performance areas achieving designed throughput capacities in grinding and crushing the initial softer supergene ore. The operations team is focusing on optimizing the beneficiation process. The water management, tailings pipeline, and tailings pumping and deposition facilities are performing as designed and mining and civil earthworks activities are continuing as expected.

 

 

Peru Mineral Reserves as at January 1, 2014

 

Category

Tonnes

Cu (%)

Mo (g/t)

Au (g/t)

Ag (g/t)

Constancia

 

 

 

 

 

Proven

483,000,000

0.32

93

0.040

3.04

Probable

94,000,000

0.22

61

0.036

2.77

Pampacancha

 

 

 

 

 

Proven

23,000,000

0.52

142

0.298

4.28

Probable

20,000,000

0.44

159

0.252

3.74

Total Proven

506,000,000

0.33

95

0.052

3.09

Total Probable

114,000,000

0.26

78

0.074

2.94

Total Reserves

620,000,000

0.32

92

0.056

3.07

Note: totals may not add up correctly due to rounding

 

Peru Mineral Resources as at September 30, 2013

 

Category

Tonnes

Cu (%)

Mo (g/t)

Au (g/t)

Ag (g/t)

Constancia

 

 

 

 

 

Measured

68,000,000

0.22

59

0.036

2.17

Indicated

293,000,000

0.20

58

0.033

1.96

Inferred

200,000,000

0.19

51

0.031

1.86

Pampacancha

 

 

 

 

 

Measured

5,000,000

0.41

69

0.243

5.46

Indicated

6,000,000

0.34

98

0.211

4.68

Total Measured & Indicated

372,000,000

0.20

59

0.039

2.09

Total Inferred

200,000,000

0.19

51

0.031

1.86

Note: totals may not add up correctly due to rounding.


(For more detailed information about reserves and resources at Constancia, please see Reserves and Resources.)

Pampacancha Deposit Expanded to the North and West, March 7, 2012

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Pampacancha Exploration Drill Results, August 9, 2011

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August 9, 2011 Cross Section 381 KB
August 8, 2011 Plan Map 846 KB
August 7, 2011 Collar Locations 7 KB
August 6, 2011 Composite Intervals 8 KB

Pampacancha Exploration Drill Results, June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011 Cross Section 529 KB
June 14, 2011 Plan Map 1.21 MB
June 14, 2011 Pampacancha Results 10 KB

Constancia Project Exploration Drill Results, May 16, 2011

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May 16, 2011 Collar Locations 27 KB
May 16, 2011 Map 1.76 MB

CONSTANCIA PROJECT TECHNICAL REPORT, NOVEMBER 6, 2012

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November 12, 2014 Technical Report 28.36 MB

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