Hydro One to consider solutions to allow production to begin at two new mines next year
The Northwest Energy Task Force is keeping a close eye on the power needs of two mines scheduled to open next year at Red Lake. Task force member John Mason said there’s a looming problem for two new mining projects that need a solution.
“Between the Rubicon operation and (Goldcorp’s) Cochenour Bruce Channel, I would estimate over $700 million has been spent, and yet could be hampered with power issues, which would be devastating to these new operations.”
Mason said the mines could be held up unless electricity infrastructure is upgraded. Rubicon’s Phoenix gold project is set to start up next spring, and mine maintenance superintendent Sylvain Talbot agrees there’s a challenge to overcome.
“There is nine megawatts available, and Goldcorp and Rubicon are maybe looking for 20 megawatts. And there is another junior company that’s coming, so Red Lake area is running out of power.” Talbot said he recently asked about options to enable Rubicon to start production at the new mine next spring. Continue Reading →