QUEBEC METANOR RESOURCES of Val dOr, Que., is going forward with the restoration of the surface facilities at the Bachelor gold mine 225 km northeast of Val dOr.
Repairs to the exterior of the mill, including the siding and insulation, are complete and contracts to refurbish the inner components of the mill will be awarded shortly. Construction of the administrative buildings is also almost finished.
Metanor has requested the former owner turn over the existing and still valid certificate of authorization for operating the Bachelor mine. Work has begun to ensure that the settling pond complies with the requirements of the Quebec environment ministry. A contract was awarded to GOLDER ASSOCIATES to conduct geotechnical drilling of the tailings impoundment area, to define necessary work to rehabilitate it, and to ensure it complies with environmental regulations.
Meanwhile, Metanor is preparing the Barry gold deposit for production as an open pit mine. Operating the open pit requires a certificate of authorization under section 22 of the Environmental Quality Act, and GENIVAR has been mandated to prepare a document that meets the requirements of various Quebec government departments.
The work carried out to date is on schedule; a bulk sample from Barry could be processed at the Bachelor mill during summer 2007.
Readers might enjoy the photos included with additional information about the Bachelor project at www.Metanor.ca.