New Afton Copper-Gold Mine

The New Afton Mine is the largest underground metal mine in Canada. It is a block caving operation that processes 4 million tonnes of copper and gold ore per annum.

About This Project

The New Afton copper-gold mine is located approximately 350 kilometers northeast of Vancouver in the south-central interior of British Columbia. The property is only 10 kilometers from the Thompson-Nicola regional hub of Kamloops and is easily accessible by paved road.

The New Afton Mine occupies the site of the historic Afton Mine, a previous
operation of Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”), and includes an inactive open pit, underground workings, historic support facilities, a new concentrator and a recently constructed tailings facility.

The New Afton deposit lies within the Afton Group of mineral claims. It consists of 67 claims in addition to the mining lease issued by the ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources on November 29th, 2006 (the "Afton Mining Lease"). The total area of the Afton Mining Lease and the 67 claims of the Afton Group is approximately 8,700 hectares.

At New Afton, block caving, an innovative extraction method, is employed to produce in excess of 11,000 tonnes per day. The block cave is established 600 meters below the surface and serviced by five main levels, apex, undercut, extraction, haulage and ventilation. The final footprint of the cave will encompass an area measuring 700m in length by 100-150m in width. Ore will be drawn at pre-determined rates across the footprint to maintain and establish an optimum cave profile to limit dilution during its propagation. Approximately 202 drawbells will be established over the first phase of the life of the mine to facilitate the removal of ore from the cave.

An underground gyratory crusher, commissioned in January 2013, allows the mine to maximize ore tonnage throughput rates. After the ore is crushed it is then transferred to the underground conveyor system which transports the crushed ore 4.5 kilometres to the surface.

On surface the ore is then processed through a state of the art sulphide flotation concentrator. The major key components are a SAG mill, ball mill, pebble crusher, floatation cells and filter presses.

The New Afton mine is an important direct and indirect contributor to the regional and local economy. New Gold actively pursues positive relationships with First Nations groups, government agencies, neighbouring communities, and the general public.

The mine is located within the asserted traditional territories of the Tk’emlúps and Skeetchestn Bands. These bands are part of the larger cultural group known as the Secwepemc or Shuswap First Nation. The New Afton Participation Agreement with local First Nations ensures preferential contracting and employment opportunities for the bands and their business partners. This mutually beneficial Participation Agreement has been considered a best practice in Canada.

New Gold also strives to contribute to its local communities and regularly provide funding for various sporting, health and community groups as well as scholarships and donations to the Tk’emlúps and Skeetchestn bands.

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