QUEBEC – Royal Nickel Corp. and Hydro-Quebec have signed a deal by which the former’s Dumont nickel project will be connected to the provincial electricity grid. The mine is located 25 km northwest of Amos.
The agreement between the two companies calls for the completion of necessary studies and construction of a 10-km transmission line to bring 120 kW power to the mine site.
Royal Nickel is developing the Dumont project for a 2016 start of production. When the 52,500-t/d mill starts up and for the first four years of operation, the company plans to produce nickel at a rate of 33,000 t/y as well as cobalt and PGEs. Thereafter, the mill capacity will be upped to 105,000 t/d and nickel production rise to 54,000 t/y.
Details of the economic analysis done earlier this year are available at RoyalNickel.com.