NORTHWEST TERRITORIES - There is life still in the former lead-zinc properties near Pine Point if TAMERLANE VENTURES of Blaine, Wash., succeeds in restarting production. Toward that end, the company has finalized two engineering contracts for development of the R-190 deposit.
Tamerlane has awarded a contract to THYSSEN MINING to carry out shaft sinking. The contractor will handle collar design required for sinking operations, design of head frame modifications, galloway design, hoist specifics, crosshead design, concrete form design, clam operation and suspension, and pipelines for air, water and pumping.
A second contract for hoist design has been awarded to FKC-LAKESHORE. Working with Thyssen, Lakeshore will design the hoist, shaft, braking systems, top structures, underground structures and the vertical conveyor system.
The Pine Point deposits were last mined by Cominco until that company shut down operations in 1987; the mill, town site and railroad were removed in 1991. Tamerlane (www.TamerlaneVentures.com) acquired its 60% interest in the Pine Point deposits in 2004.