After 33 years, once again ore is being processed at the Bralorne-Pioneer gold mine in the Lillooet area of southern British Columbia. Starting on Mar. 15, on a continuous basis, the crushing and milling circuits will be activated and debugging procedures will commence prior to full-scale commencement of the bulk sampling operations. All qualified mill personnel have been hired to keep the plant running on a 24/7 basis. Bill Kocken, BRALORNE-PIONEER GOLD MINES president, advises: "We will be pouring our first gold bar sometime in April and the flotation concentrate will be stored on the property until a buyer is found. Negotiations are currently underway with Barrick Gold Strike in Elko, Nev., for sale of the flotation concentrate product. Discussions are also underway with other potential buyers."
Another milestone has been achieved in that the underground emergency escape-way route rehabilitation has now been completed, as requested by Mines Inspection. This rehab work has also opened access to additional outlined mining blocks on the main haulage level, that will provide future mill feed. For more information visit www.bralorne.com.