Canadian Mining Journal


NICKEL: Glencore awards Onaping Depth winze to Cementation

The Onaping Depth project will make use of the existing infrastructure at the suspended Craig nickel mine. (Image: Erik White/CBC)

SUDBURY, Ont. – Cementation Canada has won the design and construction contract for a new internal shaft for the Onaping Depth nickel project by Glencore. The winze will be sunk from the Craig mine where production was suspended in 2009.

The contract calls for a 7.2-metre production shaft. It will be sunk from the 4025 level of the Craig mine and about 1.5 km horizontally from the existing Craig shaft. Cementation’s contract includes the hoist rooms and underground headframe.

The $1-billion Onaping Depth project will exploit a deposit located 2,500 metres below surface. The new mine is scheduled to reach commercial production in 2025, just as the Fraser and Nickel Rim mines are exhausted.

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