Labrador Iron Mines plans to ramp up production

Andrea Spracklin
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The Labrador City town council says it needs more information on a proposed re-activation of a mine site in the region.

Labrador Iron Mines Ltd. recently registered an undertaking with the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation, hoping to get approval to reactivate the mine. The iron ore deposit is located on the Gill property in the western central part of the Labrador Trough Iron Range.

“Something we are concerned with, with regards to the (proposed) Labrador Iron Mines project, is that it is not in the town’s boundaries,” said Mayor Karen Oldford at a council meeting on Oct. 22. “There are 1,100 workers at the mine site, which is operating right now.”

According to the undertaking, ore will excavated from an open pit and trucked about half a kilometre to the Silver Yard beneficiation plant. Ore will be crushed, washed, screened and separated. Processed ore will then be transported by rail to Sept-Îles, Que., and it will be shipped to market from there. Mining will start at less than 3,000 tonnes per day and will peak at 7,000-10,000 tonnes per day. It is hoped that construction and production will begin in 2014.

Oldford added the plans to increase production by so much is also a concern and delegated council’s development committee to look into the effects of production.

“The biggest impact (with regards) to the Gill Mine (will be that) Labrador City is a nearby bedroom community, and workers travel back and forth.”

The mayor noted the mine is capable of doing more purchasing and is looking at council members arranging a trip to the site to find ways to create more of a supply chain with the company.

“We need a better understanding of where they are at regarding the scope of the project.”

 

The Aurora

Organizations: Department of Environment and Conservation, Gill Mine

Geographic location: Sept-Îles, Labrador

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