ONTARIO – Edmonton-based LIBERTY MINES made its first concentrate shipment from its Redstone mine and mill southeast of Timmins on July 30, 2007. Forty tonnes of material is bound for China. The schedule calls for a 40-t shipment to leave the mill every second day.
Each shipment includes at least two containers of concentrate. The containers are accumulated near Toronto before being loaded onto railcars destined for Vancouver. The concentrate is placed on ships for the trip across the Pacific Ocean, and they make the last leg of their journey to the smelter of Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co. by rail.
Liberty says all equipment in the 1,500-t/d mill is running well. Automation of the crusher building was completed in July and the automation program is being expanded throughout the mill. A copper flotation circuit and a platinum-palladium gravity circuit are scheduled for installation this fall.
The Redstone mill produces a concentrate that grades from 19% to 22% Ni. More information about this mill is available at www.LibertyMines.com.