[Sudbury Basin] McCreedy closure likely won’t impact Victoria mine: Union – by Jonathan Migneault (Sudbury Northern Life – September 21, 2015)


KGHM nickel mine to go into care and maintenance Oct. 1

KGHM’s Victoria Mine project should still move forward, despite the recent announcement the company will be closing its McCreedy West nickel mine in Levack next month, says a representative with United Steelworkers Local 2020.

“I know that Victoria is a big priority for KGHM, and I think that project will still be going ahead,” said Myles Sullivan, an area co-ordinator with the United Steelworkers. “It’s a higher grade deposit. It’s a very good deposit, and that will be going ahead from what I’ve been told.”

Sullivan confirmed over the weekend that KGHM’s small McCreedy West Mine will go into care and maintenance on Oct. 1. NorthernLife.ca is awaiting a call back from KGHM regarding Victoria Mine.

The mine’s closure will displace 25 United Steelworkers members, who could apply for jobs at the nearby Morrison Mine – also part of the Levack complex – but would in turn displace workers there with less seniority.

In addition to layoffs at the McCreedy West Mine, 15 workers at Morrison will also lose their jobs.

McCreedy West is primarily a nickel mine, while Morrison has more copper, and some nickel.

Sullivan said KGHM said it would close the McCreedy West Mine due to low nickel prices.

The metal traded at US$4.45 per pound Monday morning.

But Sullivan remained optimistic that the mine, which features relatively low grades compared to some other Sudbury operations, could eventually reopen.

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