GOLDBORO – Anaconda Mining has received permits to extract a 10,000-tonne underground bulk sample at its Goldboro Gold Project. The company applied for provincial environmental assessment (EA) of its planned Goldboro Gold Project on Aug. 1.
"This (bulk sample) work will move us closer to demonstrating the feasibility of building a mine at Goldboro," CEO Dustin Angelo said in a media release.
The company hired Cementation Canada Inc. as the mining contractor to assist in the underground development and bulk sample extraction, using pre-existing development infrastructure. Cementation started work at the site last week. The bulk sample process is expected to take approximately four months.
Anaconda says it plans to hire local people and contractors to carry out security related duties, surface clearing, transportation and other activities. In total, including employees of Cementation, approximately 50 people will be working on the bulk sample at Goldboro.
"We are also extremely pleased to have Cementation, with its wealth of underground mining knowledge and focus on safety, as a key partner in extracting the bulk sample," said Angelo. "We believe this has the potential to be a tremendous project for all stakeholders."
The bulk sample will provide valuable geological, operational and processing information for the overall project in a feasibility study to start in September. The bulk sample work includes site preparation, establishment of safe access underground and extraction of the sample.
The EA filing states that Anaconda plans to extract 575 tonnes of ore per day at the proposed mine on Goldbrook Road, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The project will be both a surface and underground gold mine, along with a concentrator and accompanying tailings facility. The project would encompass about 126 hectares.
Anaconda is interested in developing this resource to the point where a gold concentrate can be produced on site and then shipped to Newfoundland via tanker truck for processing.
The project would start as an open pit development and would transition to underground mining by year three of operation. Prior to commercial production, Anaconda intends to construct a concentrator facility where the ore would be subject to crushing, grinding, and mineral concentration by gravity and flotation methods. Inert tailings produced from the concentrator processing circuit would be stored in a tailings storage facility. The concentrate product would be filtered to remove moisture prior to shipping it to Newfoundland for gold extraction at Anaconda’s Point Rousse processing facility.
Warden Vernon Pitts says he is optimistic about the prospects for the Goldboro Gold Project. “My expectation is that this present test bulk sample will show a resource far greater than anyone expects,” he told The Journal last Saturday. “This was feasible generations ago, and with today's advanced technologies I'm expecting only good things. Here's a natural resource that can be extracted and utilized very safely and efficiently...and will meet all environmental standards and regulations.
“This is not a new industry in our municipality, it’s much like forestry or fishing. This was done successfully generations ago with the major impact being, once again, employment.”
Site construction and preliminary production would begin in 2020 and operate for approximately nine years. The company says the project will bring significant economic stimulus to the area. It is estimated that during the project's life approximately 150 people will be employed in the mine and concentrator combined, with up to 200 employees on site while underground development occurs beginning in year two.
Copies of the EA documents are available at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/. The public is invited to submit written comments on or before August 31st, 2018.
The Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval on or before Sept. 20, 2018.