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Nevada Copper Pumpkin Hollow Project hosted a Public Presentation on July 22

Pumpkin Hollow Project staff met with the local community on July 22, 2015 at 6 PM in the Pioneer Crossing Convention Center for an update on the progress of the Project and revised feasibility study.  Tim Dyhr, Vice President of Environment & External Relations gave a PowerPoint presentation full of updates and information on the Pumpkin Hollow Project with a Q&A session to an audience of over one hundred (100) people.  Seven (7) station tables were set up with Nevada Copper managers and staff to answer questions regarding; Mining, Engineering & Construction, Procurement, Safety, Environment, Processing and Geology.

Key accomplishments to date include:

  • Completed production headframe and hoist
  • Completed 24-foot diameter production-sized shaft to 1900 feet below ground
  • Developed 500+ feet of underground drift on the 1900 haulage level
  • Commenced underground drilling from two stations on the 1900 level
  • Installed electrical substation, ventilation fans, dewatering pumps and other underground infrastructure in the 1900 level
  • Resumed surface drilling in the two open pit zones of the project
  • Completed the “Integrated Feasibility Study” for open pit and underground mining operations with a single 70,000 ton per day processing facility (concentrator) which included;
  • Added drill results from drilling not included in the previous feasibility studies
  • Added improvements to construction, mining and processing

Tim Dyhr pointed out the tasks and steps the Pumpkin Hollow Project must first complete before production can begin:

  • Finalize the land conveyance and state permitting
  • Secure financing for the project
  • Complete the main production shaft to 2,160 feet below the surface
  • Sink a second ventilation and emergency egress shaft
  • Develop the underground mine access drifts
  • Construct processing facilities
  • Construct water, power and road access, as well as shops and offices
  • Recruit and train a workforce for mining and milling operations
  • Obtain and assemble mine shovels, excavators and haul trucks and other equipment for mining
  • Initiate underground and open pit mining

A Safety Award “shout out” was also announced by Tim Dyhr.

Cementation, USA, Nevada Copper’s underground shaft sinking contractor, tied for first (1st) place in the Nevada Mining Association 2015 Safety Awards in the ‘Safety, Contractors’ category.   Nevada Copper, the Pumpkin Hollow Project also tied for first (1st) place in the Safety Underground Category for mine developments up to 99 employees.


Tim Dyhr, Vice President of Environment and External Relations for Nevada Copper gives an informational updated presentation to the public.


Greg French, Vice President Exploration and Project Development and Project Geologist, Korin Carpenter answer questions about geology and exploration at Pumpkin Hollow.

Greg French, Vice President of Exploration and Project Development and Project Geologist, Korin Carpenter answer questions about geology and exploration at Pumpkin Hollow.

The presentation also highlighted the extensive environmental studies that have been undertaken to design and operate the project in order to meet high environmental standards, as well as the environmental permitting, management and monitoring work that is ongoing to protect surface water and groundwater. Detailed reclamation plans and performance bonding (to ensure the safe and professional closure and reclamation of the mine upon completion of mining) is required before the project can be built.  These plans must be reviewed every three years by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.  The Yerington land conveyance, as directed by Congress, will also provide distinct opportunities to convert, rather than demolish, mine facilities such as buildings, power lines, water supply and wastewater treatment, and roads for other economic uses upon completion of mining.


Environmental Specialists Tim Leedy and Mark Hanley conduct groundwater sampling and monitoring seven days a week. Four people are presently employed at Pumpkin Hollow to manage the environmental aspects of the project including a network of 25 monitoring wells.  As the project transitions to production, additional management and monitoring will be conducted on air, water, mine rock, tailings and waste to insure that environmental resources are protected.


Workforce Information Update 2015



CatHaulNevada Copper has received a number of job inquiries recently at the Pumpkin Hollow Project.  However, hiring of a construction or operations workforce is many months out, since mine financing must be secured before further construction can be undertaken.

The passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 by Congress that included Yerington Land Conveyance and the $200 million financing were exciting milestones and put us in a strong position to continue development of the project.  The Company is re-evaluating the project development strategy based on an exploration program and project studies currently underway.

The Company has constructed a 24-foot diameter, 1,900-foot deep, production-sized shaft and 600 feet of lateral development (authorization mine “tunnels”).  This work was performed by Cementation, USA, a specialized shaft-sinking contractor.  During this phase of the project, a workforce of about 30-50 people were employed.

Completion of the land conveyance in October 2015 now affords Nevada Copper an opportunity to design and develop the project in the most cost effective manner.  The project is now located entirely on private land,  is fully permitted and “shovel-ready” for development. The company continues to work on planning and engineering design.  Once the necessary financing is secured and detailed design studies have been completed, development of the project and construction could be initiated and operations would follow several years later.

At this time we cannot accurately forecast the times when these different activities will occur.  Persons interested in employment opportunities or job training should monitor our website and social media site on Facebook for information on start-up of construction and operations:




  • Mining engineers
  • Metallurgical engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Environmental engineers
  • Geologists
  • Hydrologists
  • Accountants
  • Supply chain professionals
  • Underground miners
  • Surface miners
  • Equipment operators
  • Supervisors
  • Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Hoist operators
  • Safety professionals
  • Environmental technicians
  • Information systems and technology specialists

In the future, after Nevada Copper has obtained financing and would be able to begin construction, prospective job applicants will be asked to register with Nevada JobConnect. That information will be provided on this website at that time.

In the event that the Pumpkin Hollow Project starts operations, the company anticipates directly employing 750-800 people at the mine for a period of approximately 18 years.  In addition there will be approximately 100-500 people employed during various stages of construction. Based on the 2.5 job multiplier (Nevada Mining Employment Impacts 2014 (Page 123)) direct,  indirect and induced employment created by Pumpkin Hollow could be approximately 2,500.  Historically, mining jobs are among the highest-paying positions in Nevada. Nevada Mining Association reports that the average miner in Nevada earns $91,936 per year (Nevada Mining Industry Average Wages, page 114).

The Pumpkin Hollow project is still in the planning stages, so please check this website periodically to monitor project development and possible future employment.