QUEBEC - NORTHERN STAR MINING of Vancouver says the headframe was erected in only two-and-a-half days at its Midway gold project 16 km west of Val d'Or. The job was completed a week ahead of schedule, on June 22. Work on the hoist and compressor installation is underway in preparation for installing the hoist by the beginning of August.
The Midway property hosts part of the old Malartic mine, which produced over 2 million oz of gold. The 825-m-deep, No.1 shaft is being rehabilitated in preparation for further exploration. Northern Star is planning both an underground drill program and deep drilling from surface. The goal is to examine the Midway structure at depths below 900 metres. Visit the company's website at www.NSMGold.com for detailed information.
The Abitibi Gold Belt is home to seven mines discovered between 1920 and 1980. In the past 25 years, six new mines have been opened.