Study to be based on producing 180 to 200 million tonnes of iron ore per year and a process plant designed for 50 million tonnes per year of iron ore concentrate
MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin has landed a contract by Lac Otelnuk Mining Ltd., a joint venture between Adriana Resources Inc. and WISCO International Resources Development & Investment Ltd., to provide feasibility study services for the Lac Otelnuk iron ore project in the Nunavik region of northeastern Quebec.
The project site is in the Labrador Trough belt, about 170km north of Schefferville. The feasibility study will be based on an open pit mine producing 180 to 200 million tonnes of iron ore per year and a process plant designed to produce 50 million tonnes per year of iron ore concentrate as a final product.
SNC-Lavalin’s scope of work includes exploring options for the open pit mine, crushing and conveying systems, the process plant, infrastructures for the mine and process plant, tailings storage and mine reclamation and closure. SNC-Lavalin will also study options for transporting the iron ore concentrate to port facilities located in the Sept-Iles region. The study is worth about $13 million in services.
“SNC-Lavalin has a longstanding presence in the Quebec mining industry and world-class iron ore expertis,” said Dale Clarke, executive VP, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. “We’re proud to use that know-how and experience to support Lac Otelnuk Mining in its goal of developing one of the most sustainable mining operations under the Le Nord pour Tous (The North for All) development plan.”
The study has begun at SNC-Lavalin’s offices in Montreal and is expected to wrap up by September 2014.