The Hudbay 4th quarter report we reported on on Friday includes Manitoba ore production. President Alan Hair says it was in line with their mine plan explaining in Manitoba they overcame operating challenges they had in the first half of the year and through ongoing operational maintenance improvements the Stall mill achieved record throughput in 2018. Also the Lalor mine is on track to achieve 45 hundred tonnes a day after the commissioning of the paste backfill plant and improved availability of skilled labor in the second half of 2018. He added total ore milled in Manitoba was lower compared to the third quarter due to the planned closure of the Reed Mine.
Hudbay also reports last year they spent 14 million dollars on major airborne and ground geophysical surveys as well as on surface exploration drilling in the Flin Flon and Snow Lake areas which was instrumental in identifying several base metal and gold targets that are to be tested this year. The company also plans to spend approximately 4 million dollars on in mine exploration at Lalor near Snow Lake.