NORTHERN QUEBEC – ROCMEC MINING of Pointe-Claire, a Montreal suburb, is testing its thermal fragmentation mining technique at the Russian Kid gold mine near the provincial border with Ontario. Activity has begun on the 150-ft level, and development is underway on the 300-ft level. The company has government permission to extract 44,000 tonnes of ore, and approval of its restoration plan. The ore will be stockpiled underground until it is shipped for custom milling next month.
The Russian Kid mine is located 36 km west of Rouyn-Noranda. It has both a 100-metre-deep shaft and an 844-metre-long decline. There are three developed levels with a total of 1,700 metres of drifting and cross-cuts. Two test stopes have been developed in the McDowell vein. A new resource estimate will be available later this year.
The patented thermal fragmentation mining technique uses thermal energy to break up in-situ ore. A technical explanation is available at www.RocmecMines.com.