TORONTO — Noront Resources has announced that Sault Ste. Marie will be the home for its new ferrochrome processing plant.
The smelter would process chromite mined from Noront’s deposits in the Ring of the Fire in the James Bay lowlands.
The decision was announced in a statement May 7. Last July, Noront had narrowed the list of candidates for the project to two, with Timmins the other option.
Noront said in December that commissioning of the first nickel and copper mine in the Ring of Fire is not expected before 2023 at the earliest with exploitation of the rich chromite deposits in the region to follow sometime after that.
Site development is linked to construction of an all-season road from the Aroland/Nakina region to the Ring of Fire.
Ferrochrome is an alloy produced out of chromite, with an end consumer use being stainless steel.
“Our government has been clear on our commitment to make Ontario open for business and open for jobs,” said Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford in the statement. “Today’s announcement confirms that commitment while offering northern Ontario the opportunity to continue to grow its manufacturing sector.”