YUKON – After examining several options, Vancouver-based Kaminak Gold Corp. has chosen a route for an access road to its Coffee gold project 130 km south of Dawson City. The preferred route results in the least amount of new road construction and lessens the accompanying land disturbance and environmental impact.
Moreover, the company says the route will maximize economic benefits to the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation, on whose traditional land the Coffee project is located.
“The Tr’ondek Hwech’in are committed to supporting and ensuring responsible mining within our traditional territory and pleased to provide effective input towards advancing the Coffee project towards production,” said Chief Roberta Joseph. “Kaminak’s transparency and respect towards the environment has helped build a strong relationship with TH and demonstrates support for the next phase of this project. It’s a positive step for our economy.”
The entire 190-km route is situated within the Tr’ondek Hwech’in territory, portions of which overlap areas of the Selkirk First Nation and the First Nation of N-Cho Nyak Dun.
About 160 km between Dawson City and the mine site is an existing public road. Parts will need upgrading, and a further 30 km will be built at an estimated cost of $35 million. A 1,300-metre airstrip at the mine will also be constructed. Traffic on the road will consist of four B-train trucks per day to supply fuel and other consumables to the mine. Gold doré will be transported from the site by air.
Please see Kaminak.com for more details of the proposed Coffee gold mine.