TORONTO — Agnico Eagle Mines Limited has announced commissioning of its Amaruq gold mine in the Kivalliq District of Nunavut.
The launch of commercial production was enabled after infrastructure was built to supplement existing infrastructure at the nearby Meadowbank mine, stated an Oct. 7 release.
The Meadowbank mine is located 50 kilometres southeast of the Amaruq mine and contains such infrastructure as mining equipment, mill, tailings, camp and airstrip.
The supplementary infrastructure built at the Amaruq site included truck shop/warehouse, fuel storage and an additional camp facility.
Amaruq ore is transported using long-haul off-road trucks to the mill at the Meadowbank site for processing. Development of the Amaruq project was approved in February 2017 by the company’s board of directors as a satellite deposit to supply ore to the existing Meadowbank mill.
Amaruq ore processing commenced in August using low-grade stockpiles.
During the third quarter of 2019, mining activities at Amaruq continued to be affected by slower than expected dewatering activities, largely related to heavy rainfall.
Dewatering is now substantially complete.
Given the slower than expected ramp-up of mining activities, the company accelerated planned maintenance to the milling and crushing circuits, which was originally scheduled for 2020.