Quadra FNX Mining Ltd.
TSX : QUX

Quadra FNX Mining Ltd.

March 07, 2011 07:30 ET

Quadra FNX Signs Labour Agreement at Franke

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 7, 2011) - Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. ("Quadra FNX" or the "Company") (TSX:QUX) is pleased to announce that it has signed a new 38 month collective labour agreement at its Franke Mine in Chile. The agreement includes a wage increase and standard industry benefits that overall represents a labour cost increase of approximately 6.5% over the life of the contract, plus Chilean standard cost of living increases.

As previously announced, the Franke operation continues to progress with the transition to owner mining which is expected to improve operating efficiencies, and in turn have a positive impact on the mine's cost structure. In addition, Quadra FNX is also increasing its exploration efforts at Franke and the nearby Pelusa property. Drilling of the nearby China oxide deposit has commenced, while a regional exploration program on Pelusa is planned for the second half of 2011.

The Franke Mine is expected to contribute 35-45 million pounds of copper in 2011.

About Quadra FNX Mining Ltd.

Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. is a leading mid-tier copper mining company with corporate offices in Vancouver, B.C. and Toronto, Ontario. Quadra FNX produces copper and platinum group metals from its operating mines: Robinson in Nevada, Carlota in Arizona, Franke in northern Chile, and McCreedy West, Levack, which includes Morrison, and Podolsky in Sudbury, Ontario. The Company possesses several advanced development projects, including the Sierra Gorda copper-molybdenum project in Chile, the Malmbjerg molybdenum development project in Greenland and the Victoria project, an advanced exploration project in Sudbury. Quadra FNX employs approximately 1,900 people in North and South America.

This Press Release contains "forward-looking information" that is based on Quadra FNX's expectations, estimates and projections as of the dates as of which those statements were made. This forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements with respect to future production at the Company's operating mines and other operations. Generally, this forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "outlook", "anticipate", "project", "target", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "should", "scheduled", "will", "plan", "would" and similar expressions. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Quadra FNX's actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information and is developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors, including but not limited to

  • uncertainties relating to availability of updated equipment, the leaching rate and the transition to owner mining at Franke;
  • uncertainties related to the construction quality and structural design at Franke;
  • uncertainties related to actual capital costs, operating costs and expenditures, production schedules and economic returns from the Company's mining projects;
  • inherent hazards and risks associated with mining operations;
  • inherent uncertainties associated with mineral exploration;
  • risks associated with Quadra FNX being subject to government regulation, including changes in regulation;
  • risks associated with Quadra FNX being subject to extensive environmental laws and regulations, including change in regulation;
  • risks associated with Quadra's need for governmental license and permits;
  • political and country risk;
  • risk of water shortages and risks associated with competition for water;
  • Quadra FNX's need to attract and retain qualified personnel;
  • increases in off-site transportation and concentrate processing costs;
  • risks related to the stability of mine pit walls;
  • risks related to the need for reclamation activities on Quadra FNX's properties, including the nature of reclamation required and uncertainty of costs estimates related thereto; and
  • uncertainties related to the construction quality and structural design at Franke; and
  • risks associated with fluctuations in costs of operating supplies and other inputs.

A discussion of these and other factors that may affect Quadra FNX's actual results, performance, achievements or financial position is contained in the filings by Quadra FNX with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities, including Quadra FNX's Annual Information Form and the Annual Information Form filed by FNX prior to the merger between Quadra Mining Ltd. and FNX Mining Company Inc. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to the continued operation of Quadra FNX's mining operations, no material adverse change in the market price of commodities, that the mining operations will operate in accordance with Quadra FNX's public statements and achieve its stated production outcomes, and such other assumptions and factors as set out herein. Although Quadra FNX has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Quadra FNX disclaims any intent or obligations to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, estimates or options, future events or results or otherwise, unless required to do so by law.

Contact Information

  • Media and Investor Relations Contact:
    Quadra FNX Mining Ltd.
    Derek White
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
    604-807-7555
    or
    Quadra FNX Mining Ltd.
    Nawojka Wachowiak
    Vice President, Investor Relations
    416-642-9209