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#129 DD - A Conversation with Phoenix Copper's Ryan McDermott

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In this episode we chat to Ryan McDermott, CEO of Phoenix Copper Ltd, who are a AIM listed North American focused emerging producer, who are looking to bring back the historically producing Empire Mine in Idaho, USA, back into production. They carried out a drilling programme that has generated a copper, gold, silver and zinc resource and they are now carrying out a feasibility study on this.

Ryan is a geologist by trade and a wealth of experience in mining and mineral exploration for base and precious metals within the region so is poised to develop this into a huge and profitable mine.


  • The technology to process copper oxide is a fairly new technology, developed over the last thirty to forty years.
  • Mining is close to the hearts of Idaho's communities. They understand the economic benefits and the technologies involved, which has equated to a lot of support from the community and vice versa.
  • The Biden administration is behind sweeping reforms in environmental care, which requires a lot of copper, cobalt and other base metals required for electrification.
  • In northern Nevada, lies the heart of gold and silver production in the US. Other larger operations are located to the south, which places Phoenix at the heart of American mining.


'Copper is near and dear to my heart'

'Mining is very deep-rooted in the community'

'The new administration in Washington DC is very pro-green energy'

'We are positioned very well in the copper market'



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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We source, headhunt and discover new and top talent talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.









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