ONTARIO – Armistice Resources of Toronto is ramping up activities in preparation for gold production by the end of 2011at its McGarry mine. The project is located 40 km east of Kirkland Lake, adjacent to the former Kerr-Addison gold mine that produced more than 11 million oz of gold from 1938 to 1996.
The company began underground work in late March. New hoist ropes have been installed, and the powder magazine has been relocated to the main 2250 level. Development drifting has begun on that level from the 260N zone off the 600W North drift. Stopes will be accessible from the 2250 level, and it will also form part of the haulage system.
Armistice has begun engineering design work to improve the ore loading facility on 2250 level and to move from single to double skipping. A new raise system that will provide a second escapeway and improved ventilation has been designed. The company has retained Golder Associates to conduct a rock mechanics assessment.
Mining is to start at a rate of 315 t/d and increase to about 545 t/d for the first 4.5 years of production. The 2009 technical report on the McGarry project is available at www.Armistice.ca.