As long as commodity prices remain strong, the mining industry is not going to be short of development projects. Here, alphabetized by operator, is news of the projects that have crossed my desk in the last week.
ADANAC MOLYBDENUM of Vancouver has awarded contracts worth $39.2 million for the purchase of long-lead-time equipment for its Ruby Creek mine and mill near Atlin, B.C. Sandvik will supply secondary cone crushers and Humboldt Wedag the high-pressure grinding rolls. (www.AdanacMoly.com)
CROSS LAKE MINERALS of Vancouver continues work toward the reopening the QR gold mine 60 km southeast of Quesnel, B.C. Underground development of the North Zone and rehabilitation of the mill are proceeding, as is work to complete the power line to the site in July. (www.CrossLakeMinerals.com)
CVRD INCO of Toronto has given the green light to development of the Totten nickel-copper mine, reported Northern Ontario Business on May 9. Brazilian parent company Companhia Vale do Rio Doce has promised to spend $445 million on that and a feasibility study for the Copper Cliff Deep project, both located in the Sudbury Basin of Ontario.
GAMMON LAKE RESOURCES of Halifax has begun driving a major development ramp in preparation for mining an underground area at its Ocampo gold-silver project in Chihuahua, Mexico. This will be the third mine at the project. (www.GammonLake.com)
KLONDIKE STAR MINERAL CORP. of Seattle, Washington, has given the development nod to its Indian River placer gold project 40 km from Dawson City, YT. (www.KlondikeStar.com)
LIBERTY MINES of Edmonton will commission the new mill at its Redstone nickel mine southeast of Timmins, Ont., in late June. The mine is producing at a rate of 200 t/d, and the ore is being stockpiled ahead of mill startup. (www.LibertyMines.com)
REDCORP VENTURES of Vancouver has begun building a 200-person construction camp near Atlin, B.C., for its Tulsequah gold-silver-copper-lead-zinc mine and mill. The underground development contract has been awarded to PROCON MINING & TUNNELING. Meanwhile, drilling continues to return high-grade assays including 11.34 g/t Au, 288.23 g/t Ag, 0.51% Cu, 11.23% Pb and 22.32% Zn over 7.08 m of hole BB07066. (www.Redcorp-Ventures.com)