(Québec) The largest nickel producer in Québec, Raglan Mine, plans to build five new underground mines by 2024 to extend by 21 years the life of his Kattiniq mining complex, Nunavik, whose operations were to begin to decline from 2020.
The Sivumut (meaning forward in Inuktitut) project has just been submitted by the multinational Glencore anglosuisse, owner of Raglan Mine, the Commission of the Kativik Environmental Quality, the agency responsible for applying the procedure assessment and review of environmental impacts and the social environment for provincial development projects in Nunavik.
For Guillaume Julien, spokesperson of Raglan Mine, this is a first step towards a process that could lead to an early expansion work as early as June 2017. “The project is in the process of be built by our engineers. We are in the preliminary phase and authorization certificate applications have not yet been made. A social and environmental impact study will be presented in November, “he told the Sun.
The amount of investment needed for the project has not yet been determined, but Raglan Mine wishes to continue its close cooperation with the Inuit communities of Nunavik.
“We hope that development is done according to the principles of the Raglan Agreement ratified in 1995 with Inuit communities. Besides, we have already had five meetings with these communities to be involved in our projects “, continues Mr. Julien.
In this regard, the spokesman of Raglan Mine adds that the mining company is very proud to have been able to achieve this objective it set itself at the start of the mining complex operations or heading 20% of Inuit workers in its operations.
“We are currently 20.16% including the employees of our subcontractors. The figure of 20% was a goal since the mine was launched, “says Julien. Raglan Mine hiring between 600 and 1000 workers and has set up a training program, the Tamatumani program for the local workforce Nunavik could work in its mines.
Five new mines
Located 60 km west of Kangiqsujuaq and 120 km southwest of Salluit, the Kikialik mines, Mine 2, and Katinniq Qakimajurq were launched in 1997 and should gradually decrease their operations from 2020.
Exploitation of Mine 14 and Donaldson Mine would be on the period from 2019 to 2032 and that of the Mine and 8 Boundary Boundary and West mines, 2024 to 2041. The annual production of the complex, however, remain the same as currently, or 1.32 million metric tons. The new mining sites occupy an area of 70 hectares.
Facilities used to current mining operations, including the hub, the accommodation complex and wastewater treatment system Katinniq complex, port facilities of Deception Bay, Donaldson airport and the road network would be used for new stages of development. It would also add at least seven kilometers of roads to existing road network in the industry.
The ore produced by Raglan Mine will continue to be trucked to the port of Deception Bay by a 100 km gravel road and then be transported by cargo in Quebec, and then by rail to smelters Glencore Ontario. Subsequently, the concentrate is returned to Quebec by rail and shipped to Norway by ship to be refined there.