Idaho Copper deploys Veracio core scanners

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In a stockpile of over 60,000 feet of drill core, Idaho Copper Corporation will deploy Veracio's TruScan core scanning unit to begin digitally scanning and measuring the metal grades of thousands of feet of drill core collected from the CuMo Project over the past 20 years Years.

Veracio, a subsidiary of Boart Longyear, is a global leader in integrated technology solutions for the mining industry to improve the speed and reliability of data recovery for core samples.

The “TruScan” mobile scanning unit, about the size of a van, contains sophisticated software and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) scanning equipment that analyzes drill core at intervals of just 1.5 cm to detect and measure copper and molybdenum levels. XRF technology is non-destructive and measures the fluorescent (or secondary) X-rays emitted by a solid sample of material when exposed to a primary X-ray source. Each element present in a sample produces a series of characteristic fluorescent X-rays that are unique to that element.

The Company will use this data to confirm previous laboratory analyzes of metal distribution in the core and compare the detailed scan results with previous studies. The results are then used to determine potential ore sorting parameters in an updated Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) and to select various bulk core samples for detailed metallurgical and ore sorting studies. The ultimate goal of this move is to reduce the overall size of the mill and significantly increase the quality of mill feed, which the Company believes will translate into lower capital costs and increased profitability of the project.

Separately, Idaho Copper CFO Robert Scannell commented on the recent wave of M&A activity in the mining industry: “BHP’s recent offer for Anglo American PLC is a signal that the biggest players in the mining world are positioning themselves for a different world . where copper plays a major role in the green economy. We are pleased to advance the CuMo project in such a compelling environment.”

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