BRITISH COLUMBIA - Extreme water flows have halted work at the East Bain decline at the Table Mountain gold mine, says owner CUSAC GOLD MINES of Vancouver. The Table Mountain mine is under development in the north-central part of the province. The water began flowing when a fault was intersected by the decline.
The face of the East Bain decline is currently 461 metres from surface and remains 150 metres from intersecting the East Bain vein. Part of the West Bain decline experienced poor ground conditions that required Cusac to bypass the area. Air, electrical and other services installed in the decline will remain in place pending resumption of work.
A number of infrastructure upgrades were undertaken at the East Bain project, which commenced in May 2007, and will enable a rapid restart of operations. The original 7-km power line to the West Bain was fully restored. Mine electrical controls, shops, and water supply were placed at the portal. Mine ventilation, communications, fuel storage, and an electric compressor were installed. The central mechanical shop was moved to another shop building at the Cusac portal, 1 km away from the East Bain portal, for quick response to mine needs. The 8 km of haulage road from the East Bain to the mill was improved with new drainage ditching and other refurbishments.
Cusac is suspending work at East Bain for the winter. Instead, efforts will be shifted to the Taurus gold deposit.
Various parts of Cusac's 270-t/d mill have been upgraded recently. The truck ramp access to the coarse ore bin was replaced. The ore bin tower has been straightened, allowing the conveyor to the primary crusher to resume operation.
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