Nord Resources Modifies Plan for Copper Production From New Ore at Johnson Camp Mine

    TUCSON, AZ, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - Nord Resources Corporation (TSX: NRD/OTC:
NRDS), which is reactivating the Johnson Camp Mine, today announced that it is
modifying its plan to commence copper production from new ore. The
modification is being done in light of guidance received from the
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in connection with the
company's outstanding application for the required air quality permit.
    Under the modified plan, Nord anticipates that copper production from new
ore will require an additional 14 to 20 weeks. Copper cathode production from
residual leaching operations which commenced in January 2008 will not be
affected by the modified plan.
    "Our original plan was to fast-track the assembly and installation of the
crushing and conveying systems at the mine while the air quality permit needed
for production was being processed by the ADEQ," said John Perry, President
and Chief Executive Officer. "By doing so, we had anticipated that we could
begin producing copper from newly-mined ore as soon as the third quarter of
2008 and that we would reach full production in the fourth quarter of 2008.
That plan would have enabled us to meet our target of about 12 million pounds
of copper production in 2008.
    "On further examination of the permitting process and based in part on
guidance from the ADEQ, we determined that we should not proceed with certain
activities at the site including, among other actions, the assembly and
installation of the crushing and conveying systems, until we have received the
air quality permit. Our decision to modify our production plan is based on our
conservative interpretation of the applicable rules, which we feel is
important to protecting the excellent working relationship that we have
developed with the ADEQ. We believe that adopting this approach will help
expedite the processing of our air quality permit application," Mr. Perry
    "We are examining a number of options to mitigate the effect of this
modified approach as much as possible, including accelerating our production
and construction plans, once the permit has been received. This could
potentially include processing run-of-mine or partially crushed ore while
construction is continuing. While somewhat less efficient than originally
planned, it would mean being able to undertake processing of new ore as early
as the third quarter of 2008, rather than waiting until the fourth quarter of
2008. We will announce the implementation of any of these options as soon as
    Mr. Perry further stated, "In the long run, we believe that the modified
production plan does not change the potential and attractiveness of the
Johnson Camp Mine in creating value for Nord Resources' shareholders. We have
discussed the modified production plan with our lender, Nedbank Limited, and
do not expect that this will affect the project financing facility that it has
provided to us for construction, start-up, and operation of the Johnson Camp
    As a result of the modified production plan, Nord Resources anticipates
that, subject to the timing of receipt of the air quality permit, copper
production in 2008 will be approximately four million pounds, and that it will
reach the full production rate of about 25 million pounds of copper per year
at the Johnson Camp Mine in early spring 2009.
    Mr. Perry added, "We are in the process of engaging a third-party
consultant to investigate the potential to increase annual production beyond
the current full production target of approximately 25 million pounds of
copper per year, based on the existing estimated reserves."

    About Nord Resources

    Nord Resources Corporation explores, develops, and operates mineral
properties. The company's primary asset is the Johnson Camp Mine located
approximately 65 miles east of Tucson, Arizona. As previously announced, and
pursuant to a technical report prepared by Bikerman Engineering and Technology
Associates, Inc. dated September 28, 2007, the estimated reserves at Johnson
Camp Mine are 73.4 million tons of ore, consisting of 55.0 million tons proven
and 18.4 million tons probable, at an average total copper grade of 0.335%,
based on a copper price of $1.50 per pound and a stripping ratio of 0.66 to 1.
    On January 23, 2008, the company announced the results of the first phase
of vertical reverse circulation drill holes completed at the Johnson Camp
Mine. The drill results reported on the 25 holes drilled, combined with a
previous drill hole, indicated the continuation of copper mineralization from
the current south edge of the Burro Pit approximately 1,000 feet further to
the south. In the Copper Chief deposit area, the drilling increases the drill
hole density within the current planned pit in the north area of the deposit
and also expands copper mineralization to the northwest and southeast of the
planned pit boundaries. As the company has been moving closer to reactivation
of the Johnson Camp Mine, management has determined that it should review its
mine plan with increasing frequency. As part of that process, the company is
planning to incorporate the new drill results into the Burro and Copper Chief
block models in the very near future.
    The information in this news release has been reviewed by John Cook,
P.E., a Director of the company and a Qualified Person under National
Instrument 43-101.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking". All statements in this release, other than those of
historical facts, may be considered forward-looking statements, including
those concerning Nord's expectations with respect to commencement of copper
production from newly-mined ore, assembly and installation of the planned
crushing and conveying systems at the Johnson Camp Mine, the air quality
permitting process and copper production targets, as well as statements
concerning the various options being examined by Nord with the view to
mitigating the effect of its modified plan. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include,
but are not limited to, the market price of copper, general economic, market
and business conditions, statements or information with respect to known or
unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual
results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to
be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.
Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ from
those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including,
without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's plans at
its Johnson Camp Mine Property and other mineral properties, the
interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and
reserves, the geology, grade, and continuity of mineral deposits, the
possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be
consistent with the Company's expectations, metal recoveries, accidents,
equipment breakdowns, title matters, labor disputes or other unanticipated
difficulties with or interruptions in production and operations, the potential
for delays in exploration or development activities or the completion of
feasibility studies, the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates
and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price
fluctuations, currency fluctuations, failure to obtain the necessary permits
or adequate financing on a timely basis, the effect of hedging activities,
including margin limits and margin calls, regulatory restrictions, including
environmental regulatory restrictions and liability, the speculative nature of
mineral exploration, dilution, competition, loss of key employees. Investors
are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future
performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from
those projected in the forward-looking statements. In addition, Nord's
business and operations are subject to the risks set forth in Nord's most
recent Form 10-KSB, Form 10-QSB and other SEC filings which are available
through EDGAR at, and in Nord's prospectus and other filings with
the British Columbia and Ontario Securities Commissions which are available
through SEDAR at These are among the primary risks we foresee
at the present time. Nord assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking
statements except as may be required by law.

    Neither the TSX nor any regulatory authority accepts responsibility for
    the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For further information:

For further information: John Perry, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Nord Resources Corporation, (520) 292-0266,;
Investor and Media Relations, Richard Wertheim, Wertheim + Company Inc., (416)
594-1600, or (416) 518-8479 (cell), or by email at

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