Canadian Mining Journal


GOLD: Integra beings driving new ramp at Lamaque South

QUEBEC – Vancouver-based Integra Gold has begun driving an underground exploration ramp at the Lamaque South gold project at Val d’Or. The ramp will make it possible to drill closely spaced holes from underground, and it will provide access to a bulk sample.

Promec Mining, also of Val d’Or, has been awarded the $26-million contract. The necessary equipment and most of the crew is on the site. The first blast for the ramp took place this week. The project will be complete in 12 to 15 months.

The ramp will be 5.1 metres wide and 5.0 metre high and reach a vertical depth of 180 metres below surface. Included in the work are 420 metres of lateral development in mineralized zones within the C1 and C2 zones. Promec will use Integra’s facilities at the Triangle site for equipment maintenance and, if required, its own facilities located 3 km from the portal.

The proposed underground exploration program will also include a bulk sample of more than 20,000 tonnes with which to reconcile gold content versus resource estimates as well as to conduct detailed metallurgical tests. The ultimate size, location and timing of the bulk sample will be determined using information gathered from the results of the ongoing surface exploration drilling and from underground drilling as results become available.

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