Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp expects the expanded Toledo Copper Project in Cebu will be in full swing in March after initial tests yielded positive results.  The expansion will increase daily milling capacity of the existing plant by 50% to 60,000 tonnes.

Atlas says its wholly-owned subsidiary Carmen Copper did the initial commissioning of the expansion project on January 31. This involved Carmen Copper testing the circuits and equipment for 60 hours. An Atlas spokesman said the tests provided good results, showing satisfactory copper recovery and grind size accuracy.

The test run for the remaining process circuit was expected in early February and the spokesman said the whole processing plant was expected to be fully operational by March.

The major components installed for the expansion have a daily crushing capacity of 30,000 tonnes.

In 2012, Atlas’ executive vice president Adrian Ramos said the company would invest about $105 million to upgrade the mill facility of Carmen Copper’s Toledo complex, allowing the subsidiary to increase monthly output of copper concentrate from 7.5 million pounds to 10 million pounds.

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