BRITISH COLUMBIA – Toronto-based Castle Resources, owner of the former Granduc copper mine, will rehabilitate the 17-km tunnel between to facilitate an underground exploration drilling program that is to begin this fall. The Tide Tunnel connects the mine and mill to a 51-km, all-weather road to the deep water port at Stewart.
Procon Mining has been awarded the contract for the work. The work includes re-establishing ventilation plus installing bolts, mesh and shotcrete as required. The existing steel sets will be examined and replaced as necessary. Procon will also prepare selected areas of the mine workings in preparation for the drill program.
The Granduc mine operated between 1971 and 1984, producing 420 million lb of copper (plus gold and silver credits). The mill treated over 15 million tonnes of ore that averaged 1.71% Cu. Low copper prices forced the closure in 1984.
More information is posted at www.CastleResources.com.