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Toronto’s Great Lakes Graphite is pouring $800,000 into a refit of a shuttered micronization plant in Matheson to begin processing graphite flake for customers in the U.S. Midwest by 2016.
Graphite is the “new black gold” of high-tech mineralsAmothballed crushing mill in Matheson is being refurbished by a Toronto industrial minerals company with the aim of processing flake graphite imported from South America.Great Lakes Graphite has struck a five-year agreement with DNI Metals to procure graphite from Brazil for shipment to the northeastern Ontario plant, where the company is refitting a micronization plant.The company has a facilities use agreement for five years with the mill’s owner, Northfill Resources, with the option f...

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Converter part of company’s $1-billion Clean AER Project
Vale received the second of three new converter vessels for its Copper Cliff Smelter Aug. 11 as part of the company’s $1-billion Clean AER Project.The converter vessel weighs around 100 tonnes and is 14 metres long and 4.2 metres around. It is the second of three converters that are fabricated ...
Northern Ontario Mining Showcase readies for 2016
The Northern Ontario Mining Showcase is cashed up and ready to go for year three. Those mining supply and service companies interested in displaying their products and services at the 2016 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention, as part of a regional pavilio...
Rock-Tech sets new standard in ultra-modern plant
Sudbury-based Rock-Tech is setting a new standard for mining equipment manufacturing.A totally refurbished 31,000-squarefoot manufacturing facility the company is moving into this month in Sudbury’s Walden Industrial Park has been methodically designed for maximum productivity, energy efficienc...
Rehabilitation efforts bring new life to Hemlo
Reclamation work being done by Barrick Gold at its Hemlo property near Marathon has changed the landscape of the former mining operation. Where once there stood a headframe, access roads and outbuildings, there is now only a grassy plain, accented by native trees and inhabited by a variety of w...
Musselwhite Mine becomes test bed for underground electric vehicles
It’s a head-to-head competition between two electrical vehicle manufacturers with underground trials being conducted at Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine.The gold mining company is testing two different models of electric utility and personnel carriers to determine if they can replace their existing ...
Noront files updated Ring of Fire technical report
Noront Resources has filed an updated technical report for its Black Thor, Black Label and Big Daddy chromite deposits located in the Ring of Fire.The company filed an NI 43-101 resource report for the properties, which were acquired for $27.5 million from Cliffs Natural Resources in April, on ...
First Nickel goes into receivership
First Nickel Inc. has gone into receivership, the company confirmed in an Aug. 20 press release.Employees at First Nickel's Lockerby Mine in Sudbury were reportedly turned away Thursday morning at the gate and told the mine was closed.After a poor financial showing the first quarter of 2015, wh...
Northern College launches driller assistant program
Starting this fall, Northern College’s Kirkland Lake campus will be offering a new diamond driller assistant common core program that will train students to work as diamond driller assistants in both surface and underground drilling environments.The diamond driller assistant common core program ...
Rehabilitation efforts bring new life to Hemlo
Reclamation work being done by Barrick Gold at its Hemlo property near Marathon has changed the landscape of the former mining operation. Where once there stood a headframe, access roads and outbuildings, there is now only a grassy plain, accented by native trees and inhabited by a variety of w...
Noxious gas released from Sudbury smelter
A nitrogen dioxide leak at Vale’s Copper Cliff smelter caused some tense moments in Sudbury.The noxious gas (NOx) was released from the company’s acid plant during a maintenance shutdown, Aug. 13.Jody Kuzenko, Vale's general manager of production services, said the gas – which is a mixture of ni...
Palladium miner finishes recapitalization
North American Palladium (NAP) announced Aug. 6 that it has completed its recapitalization program with Brookfield Capital. NAP operates the Lac des Iles mine, northwest of Thunder Bay, one of two primary producers of palladium in the world. "The recapitalization is a major step toward nor...
Mine Expo comes to Sudbury in August
After a successful inaugural year in 2014, the North America Mining Expo in Sudbury expands to larger digs for this year’s show.“We basically outgrew the Hanmer facility,” said organizer Glenn Dredhart, president of Canadian Tradex, which organizes the conference. The expo, which runs Aug. 19 ...
Mining contractor donates equipment to college
Heavy equipment students at Northern College Timmins Campus now have hands-on experience in working with specialized mining equipment after a donation from Dumas Mining Contractors. Dumas donated six pieces of equipment to the college valued at $65,000, including three mine tractors and two ...
Storytellers and sponsors sought for bush stories website
Frank Racicot, a Sudbury-based consulting geologist, prospector and filmmaker, has launched a website to preserve and celebrate the bizarre and unusual stories of what he fears is a dying breed of mineral explorers.The Canadian Bush Stories website features dozens of videos of geologists, prosp...
Wildlands League asks for environmental review process for exploration
An environmental organization based in Toronto says it worries about the environmental restoration in the Ring of Fire after exploration work concludes in the James Bay region. Representatives with the Wildlands League, a chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, flew over parts ...
Graphite is the “new black gold” of high-tech minerals
Amothballed crushing mill in Matheson is being refurbished by a Toronto industrial minerals company with the aim of processing flake graphite imported from South America.Great Lakes Graphite has struck a five-year agreement with DNI Metals to procure graphite from Brazil for shipment to the nor...
More trouble for snakebit Sudbury mine
A weekend underground explosion at First Nickel's Lockerby Mine in Sudbury on Aug. 2 resulted in minor injuries and smoke inhalation for one worker, confirmed the company's president and CEO.“There was an explosion this morning (Aug. 2) that resulted in a worker requiring a medical aid - nothing se...
North American Palladium posts second quarter loss
It was a tough second quarter for North American Palladium (NAP). The Toronto-based owner of the Lac des Iles Mine reported an adjusted EBITDA loss of $4 million, a decrease of $14.5 million compared to the $10.5 million during the same period last year. A tailings pond spill at the mine, 8...
Gowest acquiring more mining claims
Gowest Gold Ltd. has entered an agreement with Crown Mining Corp. to acquire mining claims adjacent to the past-producing Hallnor Gold Mine.Under the agreement, Gowest would acquire 100 per cent interest in four patented claims totalling 64 hectares located in Whitney Township near Timmins.The ...
Bidding heats up for Temex
Lake Shore Gold announced July 16 that it has submitted a proposal to Temex Resources to acquire all of the common shares of its next door neighbour in the Timmins camp. Under the terms of the proposal, Temex shareholders would receive, for each Temex share, 0.105 of a Lake Shore Gold share,...
Profitable fiscal year for Kirkland Lake Gold
Kirkland Lake Gold reported a healthy fourth quarter and fiscal year-end results. The northeastern Ontario mid-tier producer reported a net and comprehensive income of $7.9 million for the quarter and $19.8 million for the year. Generated free cash flow was $7.9 million for the quarter a...
Several rounds of layoffs expected at Lockerby Mine: union
First Nickel Inc.'s Lockerby Mine in Sudbury will see several rounds of layoffs in the coming months, says the union representing the workers.Anne-Marie MacInnis, the president of Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor, said the company sent out layoff notices to around 26 workers last week, and is expecte...
Sudbury mining supply pioneer Bob Lipic dies
Robert “Bob” Lipic, a pioneer in Sudbury’s mining supply community, died July 4. The cause is unknown. He was 70. Lipic spent 50 years in the mining industry, mostly recently as president and CEO of Mining Technologies International (MTI), the company he sold to Milwaukee-based Joy Globa...
Safety course to warn miners about dangers of radon gas
The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada is planning a free course to inform workers and managers in Ontario’s mining sector about the potential danger radon gas poses underground.Radon is a heavy gas that is invisible and odourless. After cigarettes, it is the second leading cause of lung can...
Marathon prospector wins award
Persistence and effort paid off for Rudy Wahl.The Marathon-area prospector was recognized by his peers this past spring for his rich Prairie Lake niobium and phosphate discovery.Wahl, 58, one of the property’s owners, signed an option agreement with Montreal’s MDN, which earned him the Bernie ...
Mining group names new chair
Marc Lauzier, Goldcorp’s vice-president of operational support for Canada-U.S., has been appointed chair of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA) for a two-year term.Lauzier, the former mine general manager at Porcupine Gold Mines in Timmins, replaces Kelly Strong, who left to take on the position...
Ring of Fire junior picks mine-building boss
Steve Flewelling has been named Noront Resources’ senior vice-president for mining and projects. With more than 30 years of experience in exploration, mine planning, construction and operations, Flewelling was a mine manager for Falconbridge’s (now Glencore’s) Sudbury operations for seven ye...
Province approve Ring of Fire miner’s EA work plan
Ontario Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray has approved the amendments to the terms of reference for Noront’s proposed Eagle’s Nest nickel and copper mine in the Far North Ring of Fire. It’s the first step in the company’s environmental assessment process with much work to b...
Junior miner confident of progress in Ring of Fire
The head of the leading junior miner in the Ring of Fire feels it’s getting close to obtaining provincial approval to advance to the next phase of developing its nickel-copper deposit in the James Bay lowlands. Al Coutts, president and CEO of Noront Resources, is expecting good news from the...
Mines more costly in Far North, finds report
It came as no surprise to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) that it’s more expensive to mine in the Far North than in the south, but thanks to a new report, the association has quantified that difference.“In the case of base metals, or gold mines, the difference is really significant,” sai...
Cobalt’s Yukon Refinery back on care and maintenance
Citing financial difficulties, Swiss-based United Commodity SA has suspended operations at its Yukon Refinery in North Cobalt and terminated all but a few staff. The company saw its shares on the Stuttgart stock exchange soar to €22 in 2013, then plunge to €3.30 before being delisted, leaving...
First Nickel could shutter Lockerby Mine within months
First Nickel Inc.'s decision to halt the development of its underground ramp at the Lockerby Mine in Sudbury comes down to the price of nickel, said company president and CEO Thomas Boehlert.And the Toronto-headquartered nickel and copper mid-tier miner is closely evaluating in the months to f...
Mining veteran Peter Crossgrove dies
Peter Crossgrove, a mining industry stalwart, philanthropist and Sudbury native, died June 2. Raised in the shadow of the Inco smelter in Copper Cliff, Crossgrove was highly regarded as an accomplished business leader and humanitarian, raising millions for Ontario healthcare and cancer care....
KWG blazes path to appeals court over Ring of Fire route
A fall court date has been set to hear an appeal by KWG Resources on a disputed access corridor to the Ring of Fire. But will the Toronto junior miner’s noted adversary, Cliffs Natural Resources, show up? KWG announced that the Ontario Court of Appeal has set Oct. 20 as the date to hear the...
Junior miner edges closer to court fight with province
Barring a late settlement agreement, a Sudbury junior miner appears headed to court to lock horns with the provincial government this fall in a case that might have ramifications on the Ontario Mining Act. An Oct. 5 trial date has been booked for an Ontario Superior Court judge in Toronto to...
Milling suspended at Lac des Iles
North American Palladium (NAP) has suspended milling at its Lac des Iles palladium mine north of Thunder Bay due to water balance issues.The company quietly made the announcement on May 11 while reporting its first-quarter results from 2015. It said water seepage was a problem on site, and damag...
Details still elusive on Ring of Fire progress
The Ring of Fire may appear to be a garden of agony for the mining companies involved, but Ontario’s lead negotiator charged with working out a crucial and historic agreement with affected First Nations assures all that real progress is being made to advance development in the Far North.Former S...
Temex increasing interest in Timmins gold property
Temex Resources and Goldcorp have signed a non-binding letter of intent that will allow Temex to increase its equity interest in their Whitney joint venture (JV) project to 85 per cent.Temex currently holds 60 per cent interest in the Timmins-area JV, while Goldcorp retains 40 per cent.Among t...
Worker dead in St Andrew Goldfields incident
A 22-year-old woman is dead following an incident at St Andrew Goldfields’ Holt Mine, the second fatality at the site in less than a year.In a news release, the company said employee Alexie Dallaire-Vincent was killed in an underground rail haulage accident on May 23. The Holt property is locat...
Samantha Espley takes home the hardware
Samantha Espley of Sudbury was honoured at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Calgary, May 21. The general manager of the Vale’s Mines and Mills Technical Services Department received the Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. Espley, a graduate of the University of ...
Harte Gold bulks up with Sudbury contractor
Toronto’s Harte Gold has hired Sudbury’s Technica Mining to mine a 70,000-tonne high-grade bulk sample and start construction of surface infrastructure at its Sugar Zone Deposit, near Hemlo in northeastern Ontario. The $20-million contract includes $5 million in the form of Harte Gold common...
Kap Gold beats the bushes for precious metal
Kapuskasing Gold (KAP) has launched a second round of exploration at its Borden North and Rollo properties in northeastern Ontario. The Vancouver-based junior announced May 13 that exploration is underway to follow up on last year’s prospecting which returned significant gold values, includi...
Rubicon secures CPP loan for Red Lake mine build
Rubicon Minerals has secured a US $50-million loan from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to help finish development of its gold mine in Red Lake. The Toronto miner announced May 14 that it had entered into a financing agreement with CPPIB Credit Investments, a subsidiary of Canada ...
Sudbury tech firm employs 3D mapping in underground mines
A new Sudbury company hopes to make it easier for mines to use drones and autonomous vehicles underground thanks to 3D mapping technology.Syed Naeem Ahmed, a physicist who worked in Sudbury's underground neutrino laboratory for five years, started Clickmox Solutions after his work with that pro...
North represented at CIM awards
Northern Ontario was represented at an awards gala held by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) in Montreal, QC, on May 11.The annual event celebrates leaders in the Canadian mining industry and their many achievements over past years.Northern Ontario winners include...
Transparency act could muddy things with FNs, assoc. warns
A new transparency act for the mining industry may go too far when it comes to First Nations, says the Mining Association of Canada.The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), which received royal assent in December 2014, and is expected to come into effect in June, requires mining com...
Given 8, Stobie jury returns 24 ways to make mines safer
The families hugged, smiled and shed a tear as the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Jordan Fram and Jason Chenier came to an end today with recommendations from the four-person jury today.The jury was given eight recommendations to look over last week, and they came back with 24 in total o...
Base metal mines 2.5 times more costly in far north: report
It came as no surprise to the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) that it's more expensive to mine in the Far North than in the south, but thanks to a new report, the association has quantified that difference.“In the case of base metals, or gold mines, the difference is really significant,” sai...
St Andrew Goldfields reports high Q1 production results
St Andrew Goldfields (SAS) said it produced 23,727 ounces of gold in the first quarter of 2015 — 11 per cent more than its forecast for that period— and plans to have its Taylor Project in commercial production by the fourth quarter.The company operates the Holt and Holloway gold mines, along w...
Lake Shore Gold expands exploration programs
Lake Shore Gold has expanded its scope of exploration work at its gold properties in Timmins, which will add another $13 million to its 2015 exploration budget.The company is expanding the exploration program at its 144 Gap Zone, launching a new program to explore the 144 Trend to the southwest...


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