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Minerals Pine Cove project brings jobs to Baie Verte

The province's newest gold mine is expected to open next month within six kilometres of Baie Verte.

The Pine Cove project will bring direct jobs and spinoff benefits to the region, and that's good news for Baie Verte Mayor Gerald Acreman.

"These people, whether they live in Baie Verte or the surrounding area, a lot of them will come into town to shop, so obviously that will have an impact on our business community," Acreman said.

Gary Rideout carries out pump inspections at the Pine Cove mine site in early December. Submitted photo

Baie Verte - The province's newest gold mine is expected to open next month within six kilometres of Baie Verte.

The Pine Cove project will bring direct jobs and spinoff benefits to the region, and that's good news for Baie Verte Mayor Gerald Acreman.

"These people, whether they live in Baie Verte or the surrounding area, a lot of them will come into town to shop, so obviously that will have an impact on our business community," Acreman said.

Pine Cove general manager Allan Cramm said most of the site activity so far has involved the process mill. Utility poles have been erected, but the site won't have power until Jan. 31.

"Hopefully we will start to commission the mill in February," Cramm said.

Gold was first discovered at Pine Cove following a geochemical survey in 1988. By 1992, 12,540 metres of drilling had been completed and gold resources of approximately 277,000 ounces had been identified.

"The project started construction at the end of June 2007," said Cramm. "It's been a very extensive project for the area."

Main access roads were upgraded, foundations for the mill floor had to be poured, a storage and fabrication building was built, a haul road from the open pit to the mill was constructed and leach tank agitators installed.

Once the mill building was completed, key processing equipment was put into place, like drum filters, tanks, a conveyor and concentrator. Crushing equipment is also onsite.

More than 75,000 tonnes of waste rock has been blasted from the site since construction began.

"The feasibility study said it was a 12 to 15 year mine," said Cramm.

"We have about 25 people hired during construction - comprising of general contractors and heavy equipment contractors. Once we finalize and have a confirmed startup date, we will then start to hire our own personnel."

He said the mine will employ 40 to 45 people, a combination of company and contract employees.

Acreman said the project will be a real boost for the local economy.

"Baie Verte is a service centre, pretty much, for this area. We have been called 'the hub' of the peninsula, so it will have a very good impact on our local economy as a whole."

Geographic location: Baie Verte, Pine Cove

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