Government, Vale confirms plans for a media event
Nickel prices have soared in recent months, and it now appears that rebound will mean big news for Labrador’s mining sector. Government and company officials have confirmed that a “significant” mining announcement will take place in St. John’s Monday, regarding the long-delayed underground mine at Voisey’s Bay.
“Indeed, the government is making a significant mining announcement on Monday and we look forward to joining them,” a spokesperson for Vale wrote in an email to CBC News Friday morning.
The government confirmed Friday afternoon that Premier Dwight Ball will join leaders from the Brazilian mining giant at 10 a.m. Monday at the Sheraton Hotel. No one will confirm details, but sources say Vale plans to announce that plans to establish an underground mine at Voisey’s Bay are back on track.
The project was cast into uncertainty 10 months ago when the company announced it was reviewing its worldwide operations amid a persistent downturn in nickel prices. The roughly $2-billion project was sanctioned in 2015, and was scheduled to begin production in 2020.
A new timeframe for the project will likely be released on Monday, but it’s sure to inject some much-needed optimism into an industry that has been buffeted by challenges in recent years.
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