CuMoCo is focused on developing its 100% owned CuMo Project, an advanced stage exploration project, and establishing itself as one of the largest, lowest-cost, and most profitable molybdenum producers in the world, as well as a significant producer of copper and silver. With its eyes on these goals, the Company always believes in practicing responsible, ethical, and sustainable methods of exploration and development in all aspects of its business practices.
CuMoCo will only move forward with a mine that respects the environment, creates sustainable jobs and provides benefits to all stakeholders. CuMoCo’s goal is to design the best developmental plan for the CuMo Project from an economic, social and environmental perspective. In order to achieve this goal, millions of dollars will be invested in a comprehensive program consisting of environmental research and analyses, engineering, planning and communications. This information is critical to mine planners and engineers in determining the best way to proceed with project development.
To obtain a mining permit for the CuMo Project, CuMoCo is required to complete a Bankable Feasibility and Environmental Impact Study. The Company estimates that this will take approximately three to four-years and cost $100M, with mining production possible in five to seven-years. As CuMoCo works to complete its Feasibility Study, the requisite permitting work will also be undertaken. This strategy will assist in fast-tracking the mine permitting process. These activities will culminate in the concurrent delivery of the Feasibility Study, Environmental Impact Statement and Mine Development Permits.
CuMoCo is considering multiple financing arrangements for the Feasibility Study. These include, but are not limited to: off-take arrangements (based on achievement of defined benchmarks); equity plus direct interest; joint venture earn-in; and, convertible debentures. With a successful Feasibility Study, CuMoCo expects that approximately 80% of the $2.5B needed for infrastructure costs will be funded through loan devices and arrangements, with an additional $400M obtained through self-equipment financing by major equipment vendors.
CuMoCo believes in the practice of mining pit optimization, which is the scheduled mining of higher grades of ores earlier in the production cycle and lower grades at a later date. This ensures faster payback of mine costs. The CuMo Project pit design will also be optimized every five years and will take into consideration the current metal prices and production mill throughputs and recoveries. These optimization practices ensure that profits from the operation will be maximized. With its low-cost, open-pit design, large economies of scale, and diversity of high-demand minerals and elements, production costs at the CuMo Project will be kept low, which significantly increases profitability and competitiveness, even in the face of an economic downturn.
CuMoCo’s strategy has also been to acquire projects located in politically stable and mining friendly jurisdictions. The CuMo Project is situated in an excellent location near Boise Idaho, USA. This State has an extensive mining history. Accessibility to nearby rail and road transportation, readily available workforce and mining infrastructure will ensure that the CuMo Project has the necessary components for a long mine life.
The CuMo Project has the potential to market the following end products: Molybdenum, Copper and Silver concentrates from the mine site and Rhenium and Sulphuric Acid after refining from a different site. Other possible products could include Tungsten, Gold, Magnetite and a Molybdenum-based natural micro-nutrient fertilizer.