VANCOUVER — NorZinc is taking another step towards construction and operation of its Prairie Creek Mine planned for the Northwest Territories, confirming the issuance of draft all season road (ASR) permits.
The permits will allow NorZinc to begin construction of phase one of the ASR in 2020, stated an Aug. 12 release.
The road will initially be used to deliver supplies to the site to support the refurbishment of existing equipment and accommodation and repair of key infrastructure.
In 2021 and 2022, the main site construction is planned to be completed, including installation of a dense media separation circuit, a new backfill plant, electrical facilities and flotation circuits, as well as underground development to access ore for the initial years of operation.
The mine will produce high-grade zinc, lead and silver.
The draft ASR permits were issued by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and will now be made available to government agencies and others for review and comments.
Comments from all reviewers are due on Aug. 29 and responses from NorZinc are due Sept. 5.
NorZinc expects the final ASR permits to be received in the early fourth quarter of 2019, the release said.
The mine is located in traditional Dene territory.
NorZinc has already obtained operating permits for the mine and two benefit impact agreements with local Indigenous communities.
NorZinc will seek further financing for construction and development of the mine in 2019 with full production targeted for 2022.
Significant infrastructure has already been built at the mine including a 1,000-tonne-per-day mill, five kilometres of underground workings and related equipment, three exploration diamond drills, a 1,000-metre gravel airstrip, 50 kilometres of exploration roads, fully equipped administration and warehouse buildings, accommodations, a 6.8-million-litre fuel tank farm, a 450,000-cubic-metre engineered water storage pond, a 200-year storm-protective dyke system and satellite and repeater tower communication equipment.