Labrador West has been injected with confidence, with iron ore extraction set to begin at the former Scully mine in June. Heavy machinery could be seen clearing land at the site Thursday, as Liberal leader Dwight Ball and Graham Letto, who is seeking re-election in the district, toured the mine.
“Things were kind of not stable in all the mining industry in the area, and today we are in the brink of reproduction,” said Letto.
The day after Graham Letto was sworn in as MHA for Labrador West, the pension plan was terminated. In 2014, an estimated 400 people working at the mine and concentrator in Wabush were notified by Cliffs Natural Resources that its operations would be shutting down.
Tacora Mines, based in Minnesota, has taken over the mine and the equipment — some brand new — that was left behind. Bob Gagne, vice president and general manager of Tacora Operations, said he expects the first train to ship out in June.
“We’re in the process of starting up equipment in the plant. Making sure the equipment is ready to take feed on,” Gagne said. “We’ve got an active team in place, maintenance and operators going through piece by piece identifying deficiency and making repairs.”
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