MICHIGAN – Toronto-based Lundin Mining Corp. says concentrate production has begun at its high grade Eagle nickel-copper mine in this state’s Upper Peninsula. Construction is virtually complete, on time and on budget. The mine will make the first shipment of concentrates by rail by the middle of next month.
Ore from the Eagle mine is trucked 105 km to the Humboldt mill for processing. The current truck hauling rate is 1,500 t/d, but there is room for improvement. The mill has a throughput capacity of 2,000 t/d. Tailings will be stored sub-aqueously in the adjacent former Humboldt open pit.
Lundin sais the total cost of the project is slightly less than $400 million from acquisition to production. The Eagle mine is expected to average 23,000 tonnes of nickel and 20,000 tonnes of copper contained in separate concentrates over the first three full years of operation (2015-17).
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