December 31, 2021
Processing plant civil works progressed, pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete were placed. Most of the structural steel for the processing plant building is on site, pre-assembly and installation for the plant building shell started. The freshwater line and overhead 13.8kV powerline are operational, with certain infrastructure now switched to grid power. The primary crusher feeder frames, chutes and associated supports are now on route to site.
Mining activities on site are proceeding well, with pre-stripping work (open pit drilling, blasting and crushing activities) in the pit continuing. Mining activities reached elevation 382, originally targeted to be achieved by year end. The first ore blast occurred in October 2021.
Earthworks activities, haul road construction, water realignment channels and dam construction are progressing. Clam Lake Dam 1 is complete and work on Clam Lake Dam 2, New Lake South Dam and New Lake North Dam is ongoing.
The 2021 fish relocation program, including from Côté Lake and Mollie River, is complete. Tailings management facility water management infrastructure including coffer dams and pumping stations are being installed. Starter dam foundation excavation has started.