ONTARIO – Detour Gold Corp. of Toronto has connected the first 135-km segment of its transmission line between the Island Falls power station and the Detour Lake gold project 185 km northeast of Cochrane. The project now has access to electricity from the provincial grid.
The transmission line will carry 115 kV of current, which is well beyond what is required to support mine construction, and will provide significant savings as Detour Gold will no longer need to rely on expensive diesel power.
Detour Gold received approval last August from the Ontario Energy Board to proceed with the construction of the second segment of the transmission line of 45 km from Island Falls to Pinard transformer station (west of Fraserdale). Construction is scheduled to start in late 2011 with grid connection to follow in the second quarter of 2012, well ahead of the start of commissioning. At the completion of the second phase, the line will operate at 230 kV and deliver more than 100 MW of electricity during the mine operation.
A slideshow of images from the construction of the Detour Lake mine is available at www.DetourGold.com.