Premier Gold has started the formal environmental assessment and permitting process at its Hardrock Project near Geraldton.
The Thunder Bay junior miner is also some consultants, including mining engineering and construction manager Bertho Caron, to complete a feasibility study of the gold project in the first part of 2015.
Caron has 22 years of experience working on mine infrastructure across North and South America working for Agnico Eagle, Cambior and Goldex.
The Hardrock Project is located just south of Geraldton in northwestern Ontario with the gold deposit situated next to Highway 11.
Premier said a submission of Hardrock’s project description has been sent into the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, which was accepted April 28.
Other firms coming on to assist with the feasibility study include: G Mining Services, Golder Associates, WSP Canada, Soutex, InnovExplo, AMEC, Stantec Consulting and TBT Engineering.
In its preliminary economic assessment, the company projected a mine life of 15 years with the average annual gold production during the first eight years being 253,000 ounces. The average gold grade over eight years is pegged at 1.50 grams per tonne.