Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine, Great Bear’s Dixie Project among best in field
The prospecting community in northwestern Ontario recognized and celebrated its superstars for 2018. The Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association (NWOPA) handed out the hardware at its annual awards dinner during its Thunder Bay spring symposium, April 2.
The Developer of the Year Award went to Goldcorp’s Musselwhite Mine for its new $90-million materials handling project, designed to improve ore feed to its mill.
The project, which was completed on time and on budget, increases production by 20 per cent, cuts down on underground haul distances and ventilation costs.
Many of the Goldcorp’s core functions at Musselwhite are now done remotely from its Thunder Bay operations centre. The Musselwhite deposit just keeps on giving, with 700,000 ounces now added to reserves and exploration still ongoing to extend the ore body.
Musselwhite is generally regarded as an industry success story for its ongoing engagement with area First Nation communities and local employment opportunities. The Bernie Schnieders Discovery of the Year Award went to Great Bear Resources’ Dixie Project, the new high-grade discovery outside Red Lake.