VANCOUVER, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - A new comprehensive economic study of Taseko Mines' (TSX: TKO; NYSE Amex: TGB) ("Taseko") proposed $1.5 billion New Prosperity Gold Copper Project located in British Columbia reveals that the project would provide a significant economic stimulus to the economy, and create thousands of new jobs for Canada over its 20 year mine life.
Using a macroeconomic model of the British Columbian economy, The Centre for Spatial Economics (C4SE), who has previously developed Canadian Department of Finance fiscal forecasts, reviewed the New Prosperity Project, starting with the 2013 construction phase and ending with the anticipated 2036 closure of the mine. The conclusions of the report suggest long term contributions to national, provincial and regional economies, including a significant increase in federal and provincial revenues and sustained job growth.
On June 6th, 2011, Taseko Mines responded to an invitation by the Federal government of Canada to submit a revised proposal for the development of its Prosperity Gold and Copper deposit in BC. New Prosperity, the company's revised plan, includes an additional $300 million in capital investment to limit the mines environmental impact, notably the preservation of Fish Lake.
Highlights of the C4SE report on New Prosperity, released today, include the following:
- An increase in employment of 71,000 jobs
- Federal government revenues rise by $4.30 billion
- Provincial BC government revenues rise by $5.52 billion
- Consumer spending increase of $9 billion
- Production revenues in excess of $11 billion
- An increase in Real GDP of $11 billion
- Residential investment expenditure increase of $786 million
- Non-residential construction investment increases of $1.03 billion
- Investment in machinery and equipment (by others) to increase by $1.38 billion
- The population of BC to rise by 5,400
"New Prosperity offers significant benefit for people, including First Nations - new jobs, new opportunities for business and new revenues for governments, all of which will boost the economy and help fund essential public service. In New Prosperity we have fully addressed federal concerns as identified in the first environmental assessment. We have the full intention of building New Prosperity and anticipate an appropriately efficient and timely assessment of the new design elements," said Mr Hallbauer, President and CEO of Taseko Mines.
No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained in this news release.
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- uncertainties and costs related to the Company's exploration and development activities, such as those associated with continuity of mineralization or determining whether mineral resources or reserves exist on a property;
- uncertainties related to the accuracy of our estimates of mineral reserves, mineral resources, production rates and timing of production, future production and future cash and total costs of production and milling;
- uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns from a mining project;
- uncertainties related to our ability to complete the mill upgrade on time estimated and at the scheduled cost;
- uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary licenses permits for development projects and project delays due to third party opposition;
- uncertainties related to unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings;
- changes in, and the effects of, the laws, regulations and government policies affecting our exploration and development activities and mining operations, particularly laws, regulations and policies;
- changes in general economic conditions, the financial markets and in the demand and market price for copper, gold and other minerals and commodities, such as diesel fuel, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy, mining equipment, and fluctuations in exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar, and the continued availability of capital and financing;
- the effects of forward selling instruments to protect against fluctuations in copper prices and exchange rate movements and the risks of counterparty defaults, and mark to market risk;
- the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover mining risks;
- the risk of loss of key employees; the risk of changes in accounting policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates;
- environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining including processing and stock piling ore; and
- labour strikes, work stoppages, or other interruptions to, or difficulties in, the employment of labour in markets in which we operate mines, or environmental hazards, industrial accidents or other events or occurrences, including third party interference that interrupt the production of minerals in our mines.
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