ONTARIO – The first nickel-copper ore from the restarted Lockerby mine near Sudbury has been shipped to Xstrata Nickel’s Strathcona mill for processing, said mine owner First Nickel of Toronto. The mine will produce 400 t/d of ore during Q4 2011, then ramp up to commercial production by mid-2012.
The Lockerby capital development program is being completed on budget, says First Nickel. Underground the main haulage ramp has advanced toward the 65 level, and lateral development has advanced on the 65-3 and 66-2 levels. Infrastructure improvements have been completed, and several pieces of the mining fleet have been replaced. All production, maintenance, office and technical workers have been recalled.
“The Lockerby mine team has taken full ownership of this project and has been instrumental in bringing the mine back into production,” says Gerry Bilodeau, First Nickel’s COO. “Looking forward, I am confident we will achieve our production milestones given the hard work and dedication of our employees, managers and contractors here at the Lockerby mine.”
Appointment: Perhaps the newest employee on the First Nickel payroll is Thomas M. Boehlert. He takes over as president and CEO from William Anderson, who is retiring. Boehlert’s most recent post was as CFO at Kinross Gold.
More information about First Nickel can be found at www.FirstNickel.com.