Wallbridge Mining has started delivering the first shipments of ore from its Broken Hammer open-pit mine in Sudbury to Northern Sun’s Redstone Mill in Timmins.
During the last few weeks, Wallbridge and its mining and transportation contractor, William Day Construction Ltd., have built an ore stockpile of approximately 15,000 tonnes and continue to mine at an average rate of approximately 800 tonnes of ore per day. Wallbridge plans to deliver enough ore between now and when milling commences in late June to maintain an ore stockpile equivalent to two weeks of processing.
"We are pleased with the progress of construction and concurrent mining at the Broken Hammer site. Now that the half-load restrictions are lifted across municipal roads, we can deliver our Broken Hammer ore for processing," Wallbridge president and CEO Marz Kord said in a news release.
"With the Redstone Mill on schedule for startup in late June, we look forward to delivering our first concentrate to the smelter early in July and realizing value for our shareholders."
Broken Hammer produces copper, platinum, palladium, and gold.
Wallbridge is also actively exploring a large package of properties in Sudbury, including operating several significant exploration joint ventures with partners Lonmin Plc, Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. and Glencore in Sudbury.