QUEBEC – Development is on track and production expected early next year from the Bracemac-McLeod zinc-copper mine near Matagami, according to Donner Metals of Vancouver. The development is a 50:50 joint venture of Donner and Xstrata Zinc (the operator). Ore will be hauled to the existing 2,950 t/d Matagami mill that was upgraded in 2008.
Multiple faces are being developed in the Bracemac ore lenses to support planned mining and a second ramp is being driven to the MacLeod zone. This will allow access to the Macleod zone by early 2013 rather than late 2013 as originally planned. Once access is available at McLeod, delineation drilling will be focused on the West McLeod zone and the McLeod Deep zone. Both zones are currently in the inferred resource category with favourable potential for additional mineralization. Underground exploration drilling will also be focused on the potential for expanding mineralization beyond known resources and reserves.
The Matagami area is host to historical production of 8.6 billion lb of zinc and 853 million lb of copper. Xstrata Zinc is currently mining its Perseverance deposit and treating the ore at its Matagami mill.
Additional Bracemac-McLeod material is posted at DonnerMetals.com.