Value of Mineral Shipments

The gross value of mineral shipments for Newfoundland and Labrador is forecast to total $2.9 billion in 2017. This reflects a 1.9 percent increase from the 2016 estimated gross value and is the result of an increase in the value of iron-ore and aggregate-stone shipments.

Employment

Mineral industry employment in 2017 is projected to equal 5,085 person years. This represents a 22.8 percent decrease from the 2016 estimated value of 6,585 person years. Completed construction of the Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Ltd. Long Harbour processing plant has reduced construction employment and has resulted in an overall employment decline.

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.

Anaconda Mining Inc.

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

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Anaconda Mining Inc.

Anaconda operates the Point Rousse Project near Ming’s Bight on the Baie Verte Peninsula. The project consists of the producing Pine Cove gold mine and mill, the Stog'er Tight mine, an exploration/development project called the Viking Project and a prospective package of mineral exploration licences in the area.

In the six months ended November 2016, Anaconda reported the sale of 7,307 ounces of gold that generated $12.3 million in revenue. The Pine Cove mill reached a new record level of throughput at a rate of 1,300 tonnes per operating day. The operation is expected to create 95 person years of employment in 2017.

Anaconda registered the expansion of their West Pit at the Stog’er Tight mine for environmental assessment in September 2016. Pending approval, approximately 140,000 tonnes of ore will be mined over an eight to ten month period commencing in winter/spring of 2017/2018. Processing will occur at the Pine Cove mill facility which is already in operation.

In an effort to increase its mineable ore reserves beyond 2019, Anaconda is focusing on its Viking Project and Argyle Prospect. The company filed a Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate for the Thor Deposit, part of its Viking Project, in August 2016. Also, Anaconda has recently indicated optimism regarding the Argyle Prospect. On January 18, 2017, the company announced the assay results from the second phase of diamond drilling. Of the 22 holes drilled, 20 intersected gold mineralization at relatively shallow depths. Processing these deposits at the Pine Cove mill is Anaconda’s intention, but economic feasibility has not yet been studied.

Anaconda is working with Shore Line Aggregates, a subsidiary of its contract miner, Guy J. Bailey Ltd., and Phoenix Bulk Carriers (BVI) Ltd., to supply three million tonnes of construction aggregate, using Anaconda’s waste rock from its gold mining operation. The waste rock will be crushed and loaded onto ships bound for Charleston, South Carolina, to be used in the construction of a port facility there. To date, approximately one million tonnes of aggregate have been shipped, creating over 70 new direct jobs.

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) began commercial production in 1996 and is located at Lower Cove on the Port au Port Peninsula. AML is a leading world producer of chemical grade limestone, chemical-grade dolomite and construction aggregates. Product is exported by vessel from its 2000 tonnes-per-hour ship-loading marine terminal located adjacent to the mine. The operation has 88 year-round employees, plus seasonal jobs at the site that increase the total person years of employment to 133.

AML’s quarry expansion project, designed to access high-grade calcium limestone reserves adjacent to its current mining lease in the White Hills area on the Port au Port Peninsula, was released from environmental assessment in August 2016. The expansion would extend existing operations for approximately 25 years based on estimated annual production of two million tonnes of high-grade calcium limestone and one million tonnes of dolomite limestone. The quarry extension is planned for 2017.

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 Incorporated (BMSI) has been reprocessing tailings since 2015, from ASARCO’s former base-metal mine in Buchans to produce barite for use in the offshore oil industry. Approximately 40,000 to 50,000 tonnes of tailings will be reprocessed to yield 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of barite annually. BMSI is a seasonal operation and operates from May to October and has a projected 15 year mine life. BMSI is expected to create 15 person years of employment in 2017.

Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc.

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Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc. (BBAM)

Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Incorporated suspended operations at its antimony mine near Glenwood in January 2013, due to a combination of high operating costs and lower than expected ore grades. The operation has been placed on care and maintenance with nine employees working at the site. The mine employed 104 people during its last full production year of 2012.

Canada Fluorspar (NL) Inc.

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Canada Fluospar (NL) Inc.

Canada Fluorspar (NL) Inc. (CFI), a subsidiary of US-based Golden Gate Capital, initiated construction of a surface and underground fluorspar mine in St. Lawrence, on the Burin Peninsula, in 2016. Construction is expected to be carried out over two years, with operations scheduled to begin in late 2017.

The CFI operation will produce up to 200,000 tonnes of acid-grade fluorspar concentrate annually from the AGS Vein, and will include a mill, tailings management facilities and supporting infrastructure. The current St. Lawrence Fluorspar Project resource exceeds 22 million tonnes of fluorspar. Construction in 2017 is projected to create 100 person years of employment. CFI expects to employ approximately 200 full-time positions during the 10-year operating phase.

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.

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 Oclansorb, an oil absorbent product. The company has provided Oclansorb to the international petroleum industry for over two decades; this lightweight peat product absorbs oil up to six times its natural weight. Located in Bishop’s Falls, the operation is expected to generate 21 person years of employment in 2017.

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 over 13 million tonnes can be pelletized. IOC projects to generate 1,800 person years of employment in Labrador during 2017.

Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation (LIORC) owns 15.1 percent of IOC, and reported IOC concentrate production for 2016 as 8.3 million tonnes and pellet production at nearly 10 million tonnes. Despite continuing with improvements from last year, production for the year was slightly lower than expected.

IOC will proceed with the Wabush 3 Project following the approval of a $79 million investment by the Board of Directors on February 22, 2017. The Wabush 3 Project is a new open pit that would allow flexibility in providing iron ore feed to its existing concentrator to achieve and maintain production at the mill’s rated capacity. Wabush 3 would provide a new source of iron ore to extend the operating life of its Carol Project.

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.

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 Limited (LIM) operated a direct shipping iron-ore mine in the Menihek area of Labrador. Declining iron ore prices prompted LIM to cease production in 2014. In April 2015, LIM initiated a court-supervised restructuring process under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). On December 20, 2016, LIM successfully exited from the CCAA process.

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.

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 and the Nugget Pond base and precious metals milling facility on the Baie Verte Peninsula. Copper and gold-rich ore from the Ming Mine is trucked about 40 km to the Nugget Pond gold hydromet mill and copper flotation circuit for processing. Copper concentrate is shipped through the company’s port facility at Goodyear’s Cove.

In 2016, RMM’s total mill throughput reached approximately 270 000 dry metric tonnes (dmt) of ore. The mill produced nearly 16,000 dmt of concentrate containing 4,174 tonnes of saleable copper, and 6,132 troy ounces of saleable gold. The company is expected to create 181 person years of employment in 2017.

The company is continuing its transition from the Phase I high-grade massive sulphides Ming Mine to Phase II integration of the Lower Footwall Zone (LFZ) ore. 2017 will be the first full year of massive sulphide ore blending with the LFZ ore. RMM’s goal is to increase production to at least 1,250 tonnes per day by mid2017, which will enable the operation to lower unit costs, thereby strengthening its ability to be a long-term producer in the region. The expansion is fully funded, partly from a repayable contribution of $2 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program in November 2016.

RMM has also been investigating the use of Dense Media Separation (DMS) onsite at Nugget Pond. DMS is a pre-concentration step aimed at improving the overall economics of the operation. Trial results, released by RMM in January 2017, indicate that DMS was successful in increasing the final grade of copper. With the Phase II expansion into the LFZ well underway, RMM is now focusing its efforts on determining the economics of installing and operating a commercially sized DMS plant at the Ming Mine site.

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.

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, New Millennium Iron Corporation and Ressources Quebec. TSMC operates a high-grade iron ore project in the Menihek area of northwestern Labrador, and completed its first shipment of direct shipping ore (DSO) to Europe from the project in September 2013. Current mining takes place in Labrador but in future years plant feed will come from both Labrador and Quebec.

After a temporary winter scale down of operations in 2016 that included stabilization of the plant, which remains in care and maintenance, TSMC will be operating on a seasonal basis in the near term. This action was in response to challenging conditions in the steel and iron-ore markets and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. TSMC forecasts 250 person years of employment during 2017 at the mining operation.

On July 26, 2016, TSMC announced that it had been awarded a financial contribution of $175 million by the Government of Québec to support the development of its DSO project. The financial contribution includes an equity stake for $125 million and a loan of $50 million. Québec and the company also agreed to cooperate in creating favourable conditions for iron-ore transit from Arnaud Junction to the multi-user dock at the Port of Sept-Iles. The agreement, signed in October 2016, facilitated an 18 percent ownership stake in the company by the Government of Québec. This, combined with rail and port improvements in the Sept-Îles area at Pointe Noire, will benefit the TSMC operation.

TSMC is working toward developing the Howse iron ore deposit. This was originally a joint venture between TSMC and Labrador Iron Mine (LIM), but on April 2, 2015, TSMC acquired LIM’s remaining interest in the project. This DSO deposit will be a low capital mining venture and will use TSMC’s adjacent infrastructure. Open-pit drill and blast mining will be used and extracted ore will be crushed and screened on site. Ore will be trucked less than 5 km to TSMC’s rail loop, and railed to Sept-Isles. The company has estimated an 11 year mine life. An environmental preview report was received by the Department of Environment and Conservation on April 20th, 2016, and is currently being reviewed. The project is also subject to review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012, and is undergoing a separate environmental assessment with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Teck Duck Pond Operations

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

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Teck Duck Pond Operations

Teck Duck Pond Operations officially closed on June 30, 2015. The mine started producing copper and zinc concentrates in 2007 and exhausted the mineral reserves over an eight 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. Concentrate was 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 environmental 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 Limited (TRL) owns and operates the pyrophyllite mine and milling operation located in Conception Bay South. It also sells waste rock for use as aggregates in white cement. The company ships product from its own six-acre ship loading facility located within 6 km of the mine, and expects to generate 11 person years of employment in 2017.

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 a mine and mill in Voisey’s Bay, and a hydromet processing plant at Long Harbour. The mine started operations in 2005, and produces both nickel and copper concentrates.

Construction at the Long Harbour processing plant was completed in late 2016, and allows the plant to process all grades of nickel concentrate from Voisey’s Bay, and produces finished nickel, copper and cobalt. VNL estimates a two year ramp-up schedule to reach full capacity at the hydromet plant of 50,000 tonnes of finished nickel per year.

Through the first nine months of 2016, VNL reported production of 32,700 tonnes of nickel, 21,000 tonnes of copper and 566 tonnes of cobalt from Voisey’s Bay; this is 10 percent higher than 2015 due to the hydromet plant ramp-up.

Estimated person years of employment for all aspects of the Voisey’s Bay Project, including the mine and processing plant, is anticipated to be 1,711 in 2017. This is significantly lower than the 2016 employment of 3,400 person years due to the completion of Long Harbour facility.

The Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion Project will include both the Reid Brook and Eastern Deeps deposits that are adjacent to the current open-pit mine, the Ovoid. The construction phase of the expansion started in 2016, will facilitate the transition from the open pit to underground mining set to commence in 2020. Once in operation, underground mining will extend the life of the Voisey’s Bay operation until 2032. At peak production, the underground mines will produce about 40,000 tonnes of nickel-in-concentrate per year which will be shipped to Long Harbour for further processing into finished nickel. An additional 400 full-time positions will be created at Voisey’s Bay to support the underground operations and expanded site services.

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. Concentrate was railed for pelletizing in Pointe-Noire, Québec, until the pellet plant 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 was permanently closed. Wabush Mines is going through the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) process. The CCAA parties have been granted an extension to the stay period until June 30, 2017. Rehabilitation of the Wabush Mines Scully Mine was conditionally released from environmental assessment in February 2016.

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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