No decision yet but Noront CEO likes Timmins’ bid – by Len Gillis (Timmins Daily Press – June 6, 2018)

TIMMINS – Alan Coutts, a key man responsible for deciding the future location of a new chromite smelter in Northern Ontario, really likes what he sees in Timmins.

He said so in Timmins at the gala dinner for the Big Event Mine Expo held at the Senator Hotel Tuesday night. Coutts, the CEO and President of Noront Resources, was one of several high-profile mining executives invited to speak on the immediate future of mining in Northeastern Ontario.

As the head of the company that holds the greatest land position in the chromite mining development known as the Ring of Fire, Coutts will be among those in his company that will decide which Northern Ontario city will be selected as the primary site for a chromite smelter.

Timmins is one of the communities that has submitted a formal bid. Also in the running are Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay. The submission by Timmins has showcased the Glencore Kidd Operations metallurgical site in Hoyle Township, also well known locally as the Met Site.

As he talked about the bidding situation, Coutts commented on the process involved in selecting a site. “A lot of you might not know this but the last smelter that was permitted in Ontario was the Kidd smelter, the Met Site. That was a long time ago,” said Coutts.

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