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Pumpkin Hollow shaft

A load haul dump and a jumbo drill were hoisted down a shaft at Pumpkin Hollow in April 2015. 

Mining Quarterly file photo

YERINGTON — Recent mine development milestones marked by Nevada Copper Corp. position the company to restart construction of the Pumpkin Hollow underground copper project.

Nevada Copper Corp. announced May 10 that it signed a preworks contract with Cementation USA Inc. The mining contractor, which worked on the project in 2013, will prepare an existing shaft and hoist for the restart of underground construction. The shaft is approximately 1,900 feet and is 250 feet from completion.

The company also has secured long-lead items — including a components for a process plant and mobile and underground mining equipment — and is transitioning from care and maintenance to active status.

Preconstruction site work also includes ordering a new auxiliary hoist and main ventilation fans, Galloway ropes and winches, upgrading roads and testing equipment.

Nevada Copper has also hired key operations and site team personnel.

Production is targeted to begin in 2019 to produce about 5,000 tons per day.

The company’s to fully permitted projects include the Pumpkin Hollow underground mine and the Pumpkin Hollow open pit, which is undergoing an optimization program. Both projects are in Yerington.

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