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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

GeoFile 2005-23:  Table of Significant British Columbia Porphyry Molybdenum Resources

by Tom Schroeter and Alya Fulford


View GeoFile (PDF, 37 KB)
Excel Table File (90 KB)
HTML Table (suitable print in Landscape mode)

Brochure:  Molybdenum in British Columbia (Information Circular 2005-3) (PDF, 1020 KB)


Fifteen significant porphyry molybdenum-bearing deposits and/or camps have yielded approximately 320 300 tonnes of molybdenum. The key current and past producers include: the Endako, Highland Valley Copper (including Highmont and Lornex), Brenda, Island Copper, Boss Mountain, Kitsault and Gibraltar mines. Undeveloped molybdenum resources identified in nearly sixty deposits such as the Davidson (formerly Yorke-Hardy), Ajax, Adanac, Kitsault, Schaft Creek,

Mac, Storie and Max (formerly Trout Lake) deposits total approximately 1.9 M tonnes.


Geofile 2005-23 is a table of British Columbia porphyry molybdenum resources. It includes information on the owner/operator of specific projects, MINFILE number, mine production, current resources, contained molybdenum, the deposit type and references. As well it includes a brief listing of active, significant exploration projects for porphyry molybdenum targets that currently do not have any published resource. Most of the resources were calculated more than 15 years ago and the reserve/resource figures do not conform to National Instrument 43-101 standards.


The table is presented in HTML, PDF and Excel formats. This compilation includes current and past producers for which significant resources remain (e.g. Endako, Boss Mountain, Gibraltar, Highland Valley Copper, Huckleberry and Kitsault). Additional information on these deposits is available in the MINFILE Database and in the Mineral Deposit Profiles. Regional offices of the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines in Vancouver, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Prince George and Smithers also have photographs and rock specimens of principle deposits.


A Molybdenum in British Columbia pamphlet (Information Circular 2005-3) includes a location map for selected molybdenum deposits in British Columbia.

All publications of the BC Geological Survey are available digitally, free of charge, from this website.


For questions or more information on geology and minerals in British Columbia contact BCGS Mailbox or call toll free (BC Residents only).