ONTARIO — Canada welcomes a new, high-grade gold mine, the South mine complex of Kirkland Lake Gold, into the ranks of producers. The company set a target of 100,000 oz of gold for its 2010 fiscal year (beginning May 1, 2009) and began last December to expand its workforce and begin extracting ore from the South mine complex. The South and Main mines are now both operating seven days a week, producing a record 7,377 oz in March 2009.
The company also noted additional milestones. Revisions to the mine ventilation system was completed in early April, increasing airflow by 91% mine wide and 284% in the South mine complex. The mine wide boost was 45% higher than expected. The paste fill distribution system was upgraded on the 3400 and 3800 levels. Modifications were made to the piping system to reduce air locking and surging problems as well as wear.
Throughout development and start-up, Kirkland Lake has been a leader in safe operation. Its crew won the 2008 Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association (MASHA) Award for Excellence for safety in underground mines with less than 250 employees in the province of Ontario. This was the first time in the mine’s history that this award was won. The company also won the 2008 Angus D. Campbell Safety Award, presented by the Porcupine Northeastern Ontario Mines Safety Group annually to the company operating in northeast Ontario with the lowest frequency of accidents. Kirkland Lake has won the Campbell award three times since 2002.
The website at www.KLGold.com has an excellent history of the original Macassa mine and several others in the area.