Value of Mineral Shipments

The forecast value of mineral shipments for Newfoundland and Labrador, in 2015, is $3.2 billion. This is about 10 percent above the 2014 estimated gross value of $2.9 billion.

Employment

Employment in the mining industry has fallen 5% from last year’s 7436 to 7080 person years. This is due to decreased construction employment at the processing plant in Long Harbour, recent lay-offs in the iron ore sector, and the closing of Teck’s Duck Pond mine. Mining construction employment included in these totals is down 14% from 2990 to 2571 person years.

Abitibi-Price, ASARCO, NL BAROID

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Abitibi-Price, ASARCO, NL BAROID operated from 1981 through to 1984. Estimated annual employment is unknown. The mine, which was located in Buchans, produced barite.

Advocate Mines Limited

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Advocate Mines Limited operated from 1963 through to 1981. Estimated annual employment was 500 people. The mine, which was located in Baie Verte, produced asbestos.

Alderon Iron Ore Corporation

URL: http://www.alderonironore.com/

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Alderon Iron Ore Corporation (Alderon)

Alderon Iron Ore Corporation’s (Alderon) Kami iron ore project near Wabush in Labrador West was released from provincial and federal environmental assessment in 2014 and is permitted for start of construction. The company requires further financing before construction can start.

The project feasibility study states capital costs at about $1.3 billion. The project, when fully operational, could ship about 8 million tonnes of iron concentrates per year and provide about 380 person years of on-site employment annually.

Anaconda Mining Inc.

URL: http://www.anacondamining.com/

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Anaconda Mining Inc.

Anaconda Mining Inc. (Anaconda) owns and operates an open-pit gold mine and mill at Pine Cove on the Baie Verte Peninsula. Annual shipments from the facility are 15 000 to 16 000 troy ounces of gold. The project employs about 65 people and current reserves can sustain operations until 2018.

The company controls many early stage gold deposits near Pine Cove. These deposits are contained within a 6350 hectare land position called the Point Rousse project. Stog’er Tight is the first of these deposits that Anaconda plans to develop as feed for the Pine Cove mill. Previous resource estimates suggest that there are about 42 000 troy ounces of gold at Stog’er Tight. Anaconda has exploration approval to process a bulk sample from Stog’er Tight at the Pine Cove mill during fall 2015, and is in the permitting process for overall mining of the deposit. A new resource calculation at the Pointe Rousse project is expected to be released before the end of 2015.

Armstrong World Industries Canada Ltd. Newfoundland Minerals Division

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Armstrong World Industries Canada Ltd. Newfoundland Minerals Division operated from 1956 through to 1995. Estimated annual employment was 30 people. The mine, which was located in Manuels, produced pyrophyllite.

Atlantic Barite Limited

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Atlantic Barite Limited operated from 2006 through to 2010. Estimated annual employment was 18 people. The mine, which was located in Buchans, produced barite.

Atlantic Coast Copper Corp. Ltd.

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Atlantic Coast Copper Corp. Ltd. operated from 1961 through to 1969. Estimated annual employment was 160 people. The mine, which was located in Little Bay, produced copper and gold.

Atlantic Gypsum Ltd.

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Atlantic Gypsum Ltd. operated from 1952 through to 1961. Estimated annual employment was 20 people. The mine, which was located in Flat Bay, produced gypsum.

Atlantic Gypsum Resources Inc.

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Atlantic Gypsum Resources Inc. operated from 1996 through to 1998. Estimated annual employment was 2 people. The mine, which was located in Fischells Brook, produced gypsum.

Atlantic Minerals Limited

URL: http://www.atlanticminerals.com

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Atlantic Minerals Limited

Atlantic Minerals Limited (AML) has a mining operation located at Lower Cove on the Port au Port Peninsula and is a leading world producer of chemical-grade limestone, chemical-grade dolomite and construction aggregates; commercial production began in 1996. AML exports all materials by vessel from its marine terminal located adjacent to the mine. The operation has 76 year-round employees. Seasonal jobs at the site increases the total person years of employment to about 127.

AML is considering an expansion to their operation that would encompass 754 hectares located near the current operation. The area contains sufficient reserves to provide AML with 45-50 years of operation.

Baie Verte Mines Inc.

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Baie Verte Mines Inc. operated from 1982 through to 1991. Estimated annual employment was 400 people. The mine, which was located in Baie Verte, produced asbestos.

Barite Mud Services Inc.

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Barite Mud Services Inc.

Barite Mud Services Inc. (BMSI) has started to reprocess tailings from ASARCO’s former base metal mine in Buchans to recover barite for use in the offshore drilling industry.

Approximately 40 000 to 50 000 tonnes of tailings per season will be mined for reprocessing to yield 10 000 to 15 000 tonnes of barite annually for a 15 year mine. The operation plans to run for six months of the year from May to October, employing 27 people.

Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc.

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Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc. (BBAM)

Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc. suspended operations at its antimony mine near Glenwood in January, 2013. A combination of high operating costs and lower than expected ore grades, were stated to be the cause of suspension. The operation has been placed on care and maintenance. Ten employees are working at the site, compared to 106 during full production.

Canada Fluorspar (NL) Inc.

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Canada Fluospar (NL) Inc.

On June 12, 2015, Canada Fluorspar (NL) Inc. (CFI), a subsidiary company of US-based Golden Gate Capital, registered a proposed surface and underground fluorspar mine in St. Lawrence, on the Burin Peninsula, for environmental assessment. This is a separate project from that proposed by Newspar.

The operation will mine up to 200 000 tonnes of fluorspar concentrate annually from the AGS Vein and would include a mill facility, tailings management facility, ancillary infrastructure, and a marine terminal. The project was required to provide an Environmental Preview Report and this was submitted on September 23, 2015.

The company states that the mine would require a two-year construction period and will provide a 10 year mine life. Construction will result in peak employment of approximately 340 workers and the operation phase will result in the creation of 164 full-time positions.

Classic Stone Inc.

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Classic Stone Inc. operated from 1993 through to 1996. Estimated annual employment was 8 people. The mine, which was located near Jumpers Brook, produced dimension stone (gabbro).

C-Mac Construction Limited

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C-Mac Construction Limited operated from 1996 through to 2002. Estimated annual employment was 2 people. The mine, which was located in Cormack, produced agricultural limestone.

Consolidated Rambler Mines

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Consolidated Rambler Mines operated from 1964 through to 1982. Estimated annual employment was 230 people. The mine, which was located in Baie Verte, produced copper , gold and silver.

Dimension Stone Inc.

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Dimension Stone Inc. operated from 1996 through to 1999. Estimated annual employment was 3 people. The mine, which was located in Goobies/Mount Peyton, produced dimension stone (granite).

Domtar Inc.

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Domtar Inc. operated from 1988 through to 1994 and under its subsidiary, St. George's Gypsum Mines Inc. form 1988-1990. Estimated annual employment was 60 people. The mine, which was located in Flat Bay, produced gypsum.

DOSCO

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DOSCO operated from 1913 through to 1965 and in 1969. Estimated annual employment was 51 people. The mine, which was located in Aguathuna, produced limestone.

Dunville Mining Co. Ltd.

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Dunville Mining Co. Ltd. operated from 1968 through to 1988. Estimated annual employment was 22 people. The mine, which was located in Villa Marie, produced silica.

Eagle Resources Limited

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Eagle Resources Limited operated from 1983 through to 1985. Estimated annual employment was 12 people. The mine, which was located in Collier Point, produced barite.

FerroQuartz Labrador Inc.

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FerroQuartz Labrador Inc.

FerroQuartz Labrador Inc., the Canadian mining subsidiary of FerroAtlantica Group, plans to purchase Shabogamo Mining and Exploration Limited and reactivate its Roy’s Knob quartzite mine in Labrador West.

FerroAtlantica Group is a Spanish company that produces silicon metal and manganese and ferrosilicon alloys. Reactivation of the Roy’s Knob project was registered with the Department of Environment and Conservation on September 9, 2015.

The project hosts inferred resources of 2.27 million tonnes with silica grade greater than 99.3%. Yearly production is expected to be 500 000 tonnes of crushed quartzite. To date, the resource has been delineated to the extent that the mine will operate at the proposed rate for 4.5-5 years. Additional exploration and resource delineation may further extend the mine life. The mine is expected to operate for about six months per year and employ about 27 people.

First Maritimes Mining Corp. Ltd.

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First Maritimes Mining Corp. Ltd.operated from 1957 through to 1967. Estimated annual employment was 253 people. The mine, which was located in Tilt Cove, produced copper, nickel and gold.

Flintkote Mines Ltd./Genstar

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Flintkote Mines Ltd./Genstar operated from 1961 through to 1987. Estimated annual employment was 85 people. The mine, which was located in Flat Bay, produced gypsum.

Galen Gypsum Mines Limited

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Galen Gypsum Mines Limited

Galen Gypsum Mines Limited (Galen) started mining its Coal Brook gypsum deposit in the St. George’s Bay area of western Newfoundland in 1999. The company’s shipments were reduced substantially when Lafarge Gypsum Canada decided in 2007 to close its gypsum wallboard plant in Corner Brook. Galen then supplied small quantities of gypsum to Lafarge, which until 2009, manufactured stucco for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited. The Coal Brook mine has not operated since 2009. Galen is investigating other market opportunities for its gypsum product, but also operates in sand and gravel and construction.

Green Bay Mining Limited

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North American Talc Company operated in 1974. Estimated annual employment was 30 people. The mine, which was located in Springdale, produced copper.

Gullbridge Mines Limited

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North American Talc Company operated from 1967 through to 1971. Estimated annual employment was 205 people. The mine, which was located in Gull Pond, produced copper.

Havelock Lime, A Division of Dickenson Mines Ltd.

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Havelock Lime, A Division of Dickenson Mines Ltd. operated from 1987 through to 1995. Estimated annual employment was 2 people. The mine, which was located in Cormack, produced agricultural limestone.

Hi-Point Industries (1991) Ltd.

URL: http://www.oclansorb.com/

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Hi-Point Industries (1991) Ltd.

Hi-Point Industries (1991) Ltd. produces horticultural peat and an oil absorbent product called Oclansorb. The company has provided Oclansorb to the international petroleum industry for over two decades; this lightweight peat product absorbs oil to six times its natural weight. Located in Bishop’s Falls, the operation employs 10 to 20 people seasonally.

Hope Brook Gold Inc.

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Hope Brook Gold Inc. operated from 1987 through to 1991. Estimated annual employment was 262 people. The mine, which was located in Hope Brook, produced gold.

Hurley Slate Works Company Inc.

URL: http://www.naturalslate.com/

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Hurley Slate Works Company Inc.

Hurley Slate Works Company Inc. operated a slate quarrying and processing operation in Burgoyne’s Cove that shut down in August 2010.

Industrial Minerals Corporation of Newfoundland

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Industrial Minerals Corporation of Newfoundland operated from 1938 through to 1947. Estimated annual employment is unknown. The mine, which was located in Manuels, produced pyrophyllite.

International Granite Corp.

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International Granite Corp. operated from 1996 through to 2005. Estimated annual employment was 18 people. The mine, which was located in Jumpers Brook, produced dimension stone (gabbro).

Iron Ore Company Of Canada

URL: http://www.ironore.ca/

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The Iron Ore Company of Canada

The Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) has been producing iron ore at the Carol Lake project in Labrador West since the 1960s. Production capacity at the site is 23.3 million tonnes of concentrate, of which about 12.5 million tonnes can be pelletized. Total shipments (pellets + concentrate) for 2015 are expected to be about 17 million tonnes compared to 14.3 million tonnes for 2014.

Regulatory filings by Rio Tinto state that IOC’s annual production is expected to be near plant capacity by 2017. These production and shipment increases are the result of a $2 billion concentrate expansion program conducted from 2011 to 2014.

To provide the Carol Lake operation with operational flexibility, IOC plans to develop its Wabush 3 iron deposit located near the existing infrastructure. The Wabush 3 project has been released from environmental assessment and the current project schedule indicates that ore production from Wabush 3 will start in late 2016.

IOC has mined dolomite in Labrador West for making pellets since 1986. About 130 000 tonnes were mined from the Plateau quarry in 2014. IOC does not plan to mine dolomite over the next few years. The company mined dolomite from the Leila Wynne mine from 1989 to 2005. This mine is currently undergoing rehabilitation and closure.

Iron Ore Company of Canada - Historical

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Iron Ore Company of Canada operated from 1954 through to 1983. Estimated annual employment was 650 people. The mine, which was located in Knob Lake, produced iron ore.

Island Aggregates/NCL Holdings

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Island Aggregates/NCL Holdings operated from 2003 through to 2007. Estimated annual employment is unknown. The mine, which was located in Cormack, produced agricultural limestone.

Island Tile and Slate Co.

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Island Tile and Slate Co. operated from 1986 through to 1988. Estimated annual employment was 18 people. The mine, which was located in Nut Cove, produced slate.

J. Tyler Mining Ltd.

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J. Tyler Mining Ltd. operated in 1980. Estimated annual employment was 12 people. The mine, which was located in Collier Point, produced barite.

Labec Century Iron Ore

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Labec Century Iron Ore Inc. (Labec)

Labec Century Iron Ore Inc. (Labec) is a joint-venture company owned by Century Iron Mines Corp. and Wuhan Iron and Steel Corp (WISCO) of China. WISCO owns a 40% equity interest in Labec.

The Joyce Lake property is wholly located in Newfoundland and Labrador and is part of the larger Attikamagen project that straddles the Newfoundland and Labrador/Québec borders about 20 km northeast of Schefferville. Labec registered the property for environmental assessment (EA) in October 2012. The Department of Environment and Conservation provided final guidelines for the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in December 2013. The EIS has not been filed to date.

A feasibility study for the project was released in March 2015. This was based on a total of 17.72 million tonnes of mineral reserves, being processed over approximately 7 years using conventional open-pit mining and a dry crushing and screening process.

Labrador Inuit Development Corporation

URL: http://inuit.pail.ca/lidc.htm

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LIDC is the parent company of TUC, a subsidiary of the Labrador Inuit Development Corporation (LIDC), began quarrying anorthosite (labradorite) at Ten Mile Bay near Nain in 1992. The squared blocks received premium prices, primarily in Europe. Production was halted in 2010 because of economic and market factors. In 2011 TUC carried out a drilling program to assess the resources of the Ten Mile Bay quarry.

Labrador Iron Mines Limited

URL: http://www.labradorironmines.ca

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Labrador Iron Mines Ltd. (LIM)

Labrador Iron Mines Ltd. (LIM) operated a direct shipping iron ore mine in the Menihek area of Labrador. Declining iron ore prices prompted LIM to stop production and shipments for 2014 and 2015.

In April 2015, Labrador Iron Mines Ltd initiated a court-supervised restructuring process under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. This restructuring is ongoing and reported on periodically by the court-appointed monitor.

Lafarge Gypsum Canada Inc.

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Lafarge Gypsum Canada Inc. operated from 1999 through to 2001. Estimated annual employment was 6 people. The mine, which was located in Fischells Brook, produced gypsum.

Lodestone Ltd.

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Lodestone Ltd. operated from 1995 through to 1998. Estimated annual employment was 21 people. The mine, which was located in St. George's, produced magnetite.

Newfoundland Aggregates (1991) Ltd.

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Newfoundland Aggregates (1991) Ltd. operated in 1999. Estimated annual employment was 4 people. The mine, which was located in St. Georges, produced sand and gravel for export.

Newfoundland Fluorspar Ltd.

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Newfoundland Fluorspar Ltd.operated from 1937 through to 1978. Estimated annual employment was 225 people. The mine, which was located in St. Lawrence, produced fluorspar.

Newfoundland Resources & Mining Co. Ltd.

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Newfoundland Resources & Mining Co. Ltd. operated from 1990 through to 1995. Estimated annual employment was 15 people. The mine, which was located in Lower Cove, produced limestone and dolomite.

Newfoundland Slate Inc.

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Newfoundland Slate Inc. operated from 1989 through to 1998. Estimated annual employment was 56 people. The mine, which was located in Nut Cove, produced slate.

Newfoundland Zinc Mines Ltd.

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Newfoundalnd Zinc Mines Ltd. operated from 1975 through to 1990. The mine shut down in April of 1986 and then resumed production in September, 1987. Estimated annual employment was 170 people. The mine, which was located in Daniel's Harbour, produced zinc.

Newspar

URL: http://www.canadafluorspar.com

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Newspar

Newspar plans to re-activate the Blue Beach North and Tarefare underground fluorspar mines at St. Lawrence. Newspar is a partnership between Canada Fluorspar (NL) Inc. (CFI) and Arkema, a large French chemicals company.

In 2013, CFI released the results of a preliminary feasibility study for the St. Lawrence project. The capital cost was estimated at $154 million with annual production of 131 000 tonnes of acid-grade fluorspar. Employment is projected to be approximately 140 people over the 14 year mine life. Government committed a $17 million repayable contribution to help CFI construct the port facility for the export of fluorspar concentrates.

Exploration work is being carried out to improve the project’s economies of scale and CFI has hired additional employees to support this work. Newspar has 10 full-time employees.

North American Talc Company

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North American Talc Company operated from 1904 through to 1906. Estimated annual employment was 45 people. The mine, which was located in Manuels, produced pyrophyllite.

North Star Cement Ltd.

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North Star Cement Ltd. operated from 1952 through to 2000. Estimated annual employment was 59 people. The mine, which was located in Corner Brook, produced shale and limestone.

Pennecon Limited

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Pennecon Limited operated in 1999. Estimated annual employment was 16 people. The mine, which was located in Boswarlos, produced Barite.

Phoenix Minerals Corporation

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Phoenix Minerals Corporation operated in 1998. Estimated annual employment was 18 people. The mine, which was located in Collier Point, produced barite.

Price-ASARCO Inc.

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Price-ASARCO Inc. operated from 1928 through to 1984. Estimated annual employment was 680 people. The mine, which was located in Buchans, produced base precious metals including copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver and barite.

R.K. Bishop

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R.K. Bishop operated from 1909 through to 1910. Estimated annual employment is unkonown. The mine, which was located in Manuels, produced pyrophyllite.

Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Ltd.

URL: http://www.ramblermines.com

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Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited

Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited (RMM) owns and operates the underground Ming copper-gold mine, the Nugget Pond mills on the Baie Verte Peninsula, and a port facility at Goodyear’s Cove. Ore from the Ming mine is trucked about 40 km to the Nugget Pond gold hydromet mill and copper flotation circuit. The project employs about 140 people.

RMM is currently mining high-grade massive sulphides; however, there is a high-tonnage, low-grade resource located below the sections currently being mined. In July 2015, the company released a prefeasibility study on this large orebody known as the Lower Footwall Zone (LFZ). The study indicates that, under supportive market conditions, the LFZ could lead to a much longer life of mine (20+ years) and result in greater capital investment in the Baie Verte area.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Research and Development Corporation provided a $1 million contribution for RMM to determine if economics of the LFZ could be improved by partially concentrating the ore using a dense-media separation technology. A pilot plant currently operating at RMM’s Nugget Pond facility is assessing the effectiveness of this process.

Raymo Processing Inc.

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Raymo Processing Inc. operated from 1996 through to 1997. Estimated annual employment was 7 people. The mine, which was located in Baie Verte, produced gold and silver.

Richmont Mines Inc.

URL: http://www.richmont-mines.com/

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Richmont Mines Inc. operated from 2001 through to 2004. Estimated annual employment was 80 people. The mine, which was located in Hammerdown, produced gold and silver.

Royal Oak Mines

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Royal Oak Mines operated from 1992 through to 1997. Estimated annual employment was 200 people. The mine, which was located in Hope Brook, produced gold.

Roycefield Resources Ltd.

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Roycefield Resources Ltd. operated from 1997 through to 1998. Estimated annual employment was 50 people. The mine, which was located in Beaver Brook, produced antimony.

Shabogamo Mining & Exploration Limited

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Shabogamo Mining & Exploration Limited

Shabogamo Mining and Exploration Limited (SME) is a mining company based in Labrador City that mined the Roy’s Knob silica deposit. SME produced high-grade silica quartzite (98 – 99.8%) from late 1999 to early 2009 and sold all product to Bécancour Silicon, Inc. of Québec under a 10 year contract. SME and Spain-based FerroAtlantica, a major producer of Silicon Metal, have reached an agreement and are working towards a restart of mining at Roy’s Knob.

St. Lawrence Corporation

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St. Lawrence Corporation operated from 1933 through to 1961. Estimated annual employment was 188 people. The mine, which was located in St. Lawrence, produced fluorspar.

St. Lawrence Fluorspar Ltd.

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St. Lawrence Fluorspar Ltd. operated from 1987 through to 1990. Estimated annual employment was 120 people. The mine, which was located in St. Lawrence, produced fluorspar.

Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd.

URL: http://www.tatasteelcanada.com/

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Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd.

Tata Steel Minerals Canada Limited (TSMC) is a joint venture between Tata Steel of India and New Millennium Iron Corp. TSMC is developing/operating a high-grade iron ore project in the Menihek area of northwestern Labrador. TSMC shipped the first load of iron ore to Europe from the project in September 2013; shipments in 2015 (to September 15) were 1.4 million tonnes. This material was processed using dry crushing and screening methods.

Commissioning of the primary plant began in September 2015. The primary plant uses a wet process, including spirals and wet high-intensity magnetic separation, allowing lower grade ore to be processed. This plant has a stated capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per year. Annual capacity from 2016 onward is expected to be 6 million tonnes using both the primary plant and the dry crushing and screening plant. In future years, plant feed will come from both Newfoundland and Labrador, and Québec; current mining takes place in Labrador only. Annual operating employment at the site is estimated at about 340 person years.

Teck Duck Pond Operations

URL: http://www.teck.com/

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Teck Duck Pond Operations

Teck Resources Limited’s Duck Pond project officially closed on June 30th 2015. The mine started producing copper and zinc concentrates in 2007 and exhausted the mineral reserves over an 8 year mine life as originally planned.

The project was located approximately 30 km southeast of Millertown and consisted of two small open pits, an underground mine, a concentrator (mill), tailings facilities and a 100-person operations camp. Concentrates were trucked to a storage and shipping facility in St. George’s and sold to smelters in North America and overseas. At its peak, the mine employed over 350 people. Rehabilitation of the mine site has started and will be completed by 2018 followed by a period of monitoring.

Teranov Mining Corporation

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Teranov Mining Corporation operated from 1991 through to 1994. Estimated annual employment was 44 people. The mine, which was located in Baie Verte, produced asbestos.

Terra Nova Granite (2007) Inc.

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In late 2007, the Hurley Group of Companies purchased Terra Nova Granite Inc. from Central Holdings Inc. The purchase included the production facility, equipment, and inventory located at Jumpers Brook near Bishop’s Falls in central Newfoundland. The operating company, Terra Nova Granite (2007) Inc., focused on producing blank monuments, architectural and landscape products, and countertop slabs mainly for export markets. Approximately 20 people were employed at peak production in 2010. The operation is currently shut down.

Torngait Ujaganniavingit Corporation (TUC)

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Torngait Ujaganniavingit Corporation (TUC)

Torngait Ujaganniavingit Corp. has reported to the Mineral Development Division of the Department of Natural Resources, that it has exhausted the resource it held in Northern Labrador, and that it will no longer operate its anorthosite quarry. Over the summer months, a final shipment of good quality stone was exported. The company has been instructed to rehabilitate the site, including signage on the property.

Trinity Brick Products Limited

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Trinity Brick Products Limited operated from 1886 through to 1999. Estimated annual employment was 8 people. The mine, which was located in Milton, produced bricks from clay and shale.

Trinity Resources Ltd.

URL: http://www.trinityresources.ca

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Trinity Resources Ltd.

Trinity Resources Ltd. (TRL) owns and operates the pyrophyllite mine and milling operations located in Conception Bay South. TRL also sells waste rock for use as aggregates in white cement. The company owns a 6-acre, ship loading facility located within 6 km of the mine from which products are shipped. The project employs 5 people.

Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Limited

URL: http://www.vbnc.com/

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Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Limited

Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Limited (VNL) operates the Voisey’s Bay mine and mill in Labrador, and a hydromet processing plant at Long Harbour. The mine started operating in 2005 and produces both nickel and copper concentrates. The hydromet plant will process Voisey’s Bay concentrate into finished nickel, copper, and cobalt.

During the first half of 2015, VNL reported production at 29 000 tonnes of nickel, 13 400 tonnes of copper and 495 tonnes of cobalt. Production for the first half of 2015 was slightly lower for copper and cobalt than 2014, due to planned mill maintenance carried out in June of this year.

Employment for all aspects of the Voisey’s Bay project is anticipated to be 3170 person years for 2015. Approximately 460 people are employed at the Voisey’s Bay mine site, and the rest at the processing plant at Long Harbour; about 415 are operations employees, and the remainder continue with construction.

On August 10, 2015, the government announced that the underground mine at Voisey’s Bay had been sanctioned by VNL’s parent company (Vale) as per the 2013 terms of the Development Agreement. Construction is projected to start in 2016 and ore production beginning in 2020. The mine will include both the Reid Brook and Eastern Deeps deposits that are adjacent to the current open-pit mine. Hundreds of jobs will be created during construction as well as another 450 positions during operations from 2020 to beyond 2035. This next phase of the Voisey’s Bay project will also generate additional industrial benefits to the province.

In July of 2014, VNL achieved a major milestone at Long Harbour with the production of first nickel. The hydromet plant is currently processing a combination of imported low-impurity, nickel matte and concentrate from Voisey’s Bay, while construction work continues in other areas of the plant. The plant will process only Voisey’s Bay high-grade concentrate by the end of 2015. Construction will continue to complete additional circuits required to enable processing of Voisey’s Bay middling grade concentrates.

Wabana Iron Ore Mines

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Wabana Iron Ore Mines operated from 1894 through to 1966. Estimated annual employment was 2300 people. The mine,located on Bell Island, produced iron ore.

Wabush Mines

URL: http://www.cliffsnaturalresources.com/EN/aboutus/GlobalOperations/Documents/IronOreFactSheet.pdf

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Wabush Mines

Wabush Mines started mining iron ore from the Scully Mine in Labrador in 1965. Cliffs Natural Resources (CNR) bought out its partners and became sole owner of the mine in 2011. The concentrate was railed for pelletizing in Point Noire, Québec until the pellet plant was closed in 2013. In February 2014, CNR announced that mining and concentrating activities at Wabush Mines would be idled; later in 2014, CNR announced that the mine is permanently closed.

Wabush Mines is currently going through the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act process. As part of this process, invitations to purchase the mine and/or its assets were circulated by the court appointed monitor. The period interested parties could submit bids for these assets will close on November 6, 2015. Qualified bids will be reviewed and assessed by the Monitor and Sales Advisor who will announce any sales or auctions at a date yet to be determined.

Cliffs Natural Resources has committed to submitting a revised rehabilitation and closure plan for Wabush Mines for environmental assessment in the near future.

Whalesback Mine

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Whalesback Mine operated from 1965 through to 1972. Estimated annual employment was 102 people. The mine, which was located in Springdale, produced copper.

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