ONTARIO – Canadian Arrow Mines of Sudbury, ON, has begun mining and stockpiling nickel bearing massive sulphides from its Kelex mine near Timmins. The ore will be custom milled at Xstrata’s Strathcona mill near Sudbury.
As initial mine development and overburden stripping progressed, unexpected near surface nickel bearing massive sulphides have been exposed. The sulphides extend both east and west along strike and continuous with the zone now being mined. Canadian Arrow will continue to evaluate this occurrence. Widths of up to 3 metres of continuous massive and semi-massive sulphide over a 22 metre extended strike length on the west and 13 metres of extended strike on the east have so far been uncovered. Depth extensions will become better understood as production advances to depth.
Kim Tyler, president of the company, said, "Development work intended for ramp access in unmineralized rock unexpectedly encountered 2 metres of solid nickel bearing massive sulphide on the sparsely drilled flanks of the known mineralization. The new mineralization will be a welcome addition to our production plans and demonstrates greater continuity of the Alexo nickel complex mineralization on the whole."
More information about the Kelex and nearby Alexco nickel mines is available at CanadianArrowMines.ca.