ONTARIO – Kirkland Lake Gold, headquartered in the Ontario town of the same name, is expanding production to 200,000 oz/y from 50,000 oz/y. The work, costing approximately $56 million, will be complete in 2012.
Central to the project is to increase the hoisting capacity of the No.3 shaft. The new service hoist was commissioned in January, later than planned because of electrical design problems. The working platform is in place from which final headframe work and shaft upgrades will be done. Certain electrical and air line work will also be performed from the platform rather than the new cage. Therefore, installation of the new cage has been pushed back to June 2011.
The company said that excavation of the truck loading chutes and stations below the 5300 level as well as the underground haulage ramp between the No.3 shaft and the South mine complex is continuing.
Meanwhile, underground exploration drills are turning 24/7. Details are available at www.KLGold.com.