TIMMINS – The skyline around the Dome Mine property is likely to see a dramatic change. With the recent closure of the Dome underground workings, the company is preparing to remove all the existing infrastructure and familiar surface buildings at that site.
Those changes were part of the presentation revealed to the Timmins Chamber of Commerce lunch event by Marc Lauzier Thursday. Lauzier is the mines general manager for Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM).
The chamber audience consisted mainly of mining supply and service representatives who seemed assured to hear that PGM is still in business as strongly as ever in the Porcupine Camp despite the Dome underground shutdown and especially with the prospect of the new Century Project.
Lauzier reminded the audience that PGM spends more than $100 million on goods and services in the Timmins area each year, and has done so consistently in the past five years. That’s half a billion dollars since 2013, he said.
Lauzier said the Century Project at the Dome is another significant gold mining effort that should keep PGM and the Porcupine Camp thriving for several more years.
“We have this chance to put another 4 million ounces in reserve. We have this chance to start this open pit and make it work for 10 to 15 years for the community,” Lauzier told the audience.
Lauzier said the project would easily cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but quickly added the project is still in the pre-feasibility stage.
“The only way I can get Goldcorp to give me that money if is I show that we are running this business and that we’re running it well,” said Lauzier.
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