Planned gold mine

Anaconda readies for environmental assessment application

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – Ananconda Mining will soon submit its environmental assessment application, after wrapping up its third open house for a planned Goldboro gold mine at the local community centre on Feb. 27.

At that event, company representatives updated the approximately 100 attendees on the company's progress for the Goldboro project, including recent positive results from test drilling.

Gordana Slepcev, Anaconda's chief operating officer, told The Journal Tuesday that the company was pleased with the turnout and made four presentations during the event.

This spring Anaconda will take a 10,000-tonne bulk ore sample from the site, put it on a barge and send it to their operation in Newfoundland for processing to get a better idea of the resource available. A feasibility study for the operation will take place over the coming year.

The company plans to do most of the processing of the ore in Goldboro, with final processing in Newfoundland.

The operation would have 200 good-paying jobs at peak construction, she said, with about 150 workers once operational. That includes janitors, administration, open-pit miners, truck drivers, mill operators, engineers and geologists.

Anaconda hopes to be operational in Goldboro in 2021. The final investment decision for the project will be made in late 2019 or early 2020.