Discover, Develop, Operate


  • Imperial acquired Red Chris project in 2007
  • mine construction May 2012-Nov 2014
  • hydro transmission line completed 4Q2014
  • mine commissioning commenced 4Q2014
  • construction cost $661.9 million (Dec 31/14)
  • 30,000 tpd open pit conventional milling operation
  • current mine life to 2043

Red Chris is a copper/gold mine in northwest British Columbia, 80 kilometres south of Dease Lake. The property is comprised of the main and south claim groups, consisting of 77 mineral tenures covering a total area of 23,142 hectares. Five of the tenures (5,141 hectares) are mining leases. The Red Chris mine is owned and operated by Red Chris Development Company Ltd. (RCDC), a subsidiary of Imperial.

RCDC was issued a Provincial Mines Act permit and commenced mine construction in May 2012. Commissioning of the mine was initiated in late 2014. Commercial production was achieved July 1, 2015. In July 2015 RCDC and the Tahltan Nation signed an Impact, Benefit and Co-Management Agreement which provides the basis for a working partnership between the Tahltan people and Red Chris for the life of the mine.

Open pit mining activities are currently focused in the Main zone. The 2018 production target for Red Chris mine is 72-77 million pounds copper and 31-33,000 ounces gold.

Annual Production

Years Ended 2017 2016 2015(1)
Copper - 000’s pounds 74,636 83,614 58,486
Gold - ounces 33,416 47,088 25,949
Silver - ounces 133,157 190,624 95,232

(1)Production from February 17-December 31, 2015

For current and/or additional information, refer to the Company’s Press Releases, Quarter Reports & Annual Information Form.

Update Jan | 2018