Buchans barite sought for offshore drilling

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Company proposes barite recovery for sale to oil industry

A proposal has been filed with the provincial government for barite mining in Buchans, with operations running May to October for the next 15 years.

A decision from the minister on whether more detailed information will be needed is expected June 29.

The mining operation would include the restart of the former Buchans Development Corp.’s barite operation. The restart would be to again collect and recycle base-metal tailings from a mine operated at the site in the 1980s.

The tailings are stored in a tailings pond and would be removed by dredging.

No construction would be required, according to a notice issued by the provincial Department of Environment on the proposed new mining operation.

“Approximately 40,000 to 50,000 tonnes will be removed per season to make 10,000 tonnes of barite product,” it states.

The submitted proposal for the new operation has yet to be posted online, but is expected to be made available.

There is no stated estimate on how many jobs might be expected, if the mine operation is approved.

More information on the project is available HERE.

Organizations: Barite Mud Services, Buchans Development, Department of Environment

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