Canada's second largest, the copper mine on Vancouver Island, has estimated reserves of 280 million tons of ore averaging 0.52 percent copper and 0.025 percent molybdenum. Reserves are sufficient for about 25 years at the anticipated rate of production. Utah International has long-term contracts to Japanese firms for export.
The Island Copper mill and related mining facilities provide about 400 permanent jobs for the residents of the Port Hardy area.
In concert with the Provincial Government and the University of British Columbia, the Client has established an elaborate environmental control program to protect the ecology of Rupert Inlet and the surrounding waters. The program includes an emergency catch basin capable of storing mine tailings up to six months. Utah International also developed plans for the eventual reclamation of the mine site and waste rock dump areas.