Sudbury, ON — Vale’s Sudbury Operations has nearly doubled its surface and underground exploration budget from approximately $22 million CAD last year to nearly $42 million CAD this year. This includes approximately 30 active exploration projects and 13 drill rigs currently operating in the Greater Sudbury Area.
This increased exploration activity represents Vale’s renewed focus on resource discovery and development to secure our long-term success in the Sudbury Basin and deliver on our future life of mine plans.
Greater Sudbury residents may encounter Vale’s exploration crews working in the field at various exploration sites across the Sudbury Basin this summer. These crews will be working with heavy equipment and residents are asked to remain clear of these active work sites for their safety.
Airborne surveys will be conducted by helicopters from mid-July through the end of September carrying suspended surveying instruments. Examples of the three different types of equipment Vale will be using in the Greater Sudbury Area are pictured below.
Residents are asked to contact Vale’s Community Concerns Line at 705-222-VALE (8253) if they have questions or concerns about these exploration activities.
Vale Canada Ltd., Ontario Operations
(705) 682-7165 [email protected]