Value of Mineral Shipments

The latest 2015 forecast of the gross value of mineral shipments for NL is $3.7 billion. This is up from the estimated 2014 value of about $2.9 billion. Increased value is associated with increased production at IOC and Tata Steel Minerals Canada, and the start of producing finished nickel at Long Harbour.

Iron, nickel, and copper constitute the bulk of shipments from NL. Other minerals mined include gold, cobalt, silver and zinc. Contributions also come from the industrial minerals sector and construction aggregates.

Employment

Employment numbers directly linked to mining for 2015 are forecast to be 6,796 person years. This forecast is down by 625 person years from the preliminary 2014 number. The closure of Wabush Mines, the planned closure of Teck Duck Pond Operations, and decreased construction activity at IOC and Vale’s Long Harbour plant are the main contributors to the 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.

Alderon Iron Ore Corporation

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

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Alderon Iron Ore Corporation (Alderon)

Alderon Iron Ore Corporation (Alderon) is advancing the Kami iron ore project near Wabush in Labrador West. The project is released from provincial and federal environmental assessment and is permitted for start of construction. The company has financing from Hebei Iron and Steel Group and Liberty Metals and Mining Holdings LLC and an offtake agreement with Glencore PLC; but the project requires further financing before construction can start.

The project feasibility study states capital costs at about $1.3 billion. Pending financing, the majority of construction would take place from 2016 to 2017. Ramp-up of production would occur in 2018. The project, when fully operational, would 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. owns and operates an open-pit gold mine and mill at Pine Cove on the Baie Verte Peninsula. Production of gold from the mine began in 2008. The company shipped about 15,000 troy ounces of gold in 2014 and expects to ship about 16,000 troy ounces in 2015.

The company’s 2015 forecast for the gross value of shipments is about $21 million. Long term goals for the company include discovery and development of resources within the project area and doubling annual production from 15,000 to 30,000 ounces.

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 mines limestone and dolomite at Lower Cove on the Port au Port Peninsula in western Newfoundland. The operation includes a crushing and washing plant that produces chemical-grade high-calcium limestone, chemical-grade dolomite, and construction aggregates; and deep-water ship-loading facilities.

Total shipments from Lower Cove are forecast to increase from 2.7 million tonnes in 2014 to 3.2 million tonnes in 2015. Ongoing capital projects and productivity improvements, to be completed in 2015, will increase capacity from 3 to 4 million tonnes per year. Atlantic Minerals employs 76 year-round and 60 seasonal employees.

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. is proposing to re-start the Buchans Development Corporation owned barite operation in order to extract barite from base-metal tailings from ASARCO’s Buchans mine. Once extracted and concentrated, the barite would be used in drilling mud destined for Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil industry.

The company’s undertaking has been released from environmental assessment. The company must enter into an agreement with the current mineral rights holder and obtain additional financing before starting operations.

Approximately 40,000 - 50,000 tonnes would be removed per season to make 10,000 tonnes of barite product. Extraction operations would take place each year from early May and continue until late October. Once operational, the company has outlined fifteen years for life of mine. Employment is projected to be 27 people on a seasonal basis.

Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc.

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Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc. (BBAM)

Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc. (BBAM) reactivated the antimony mine located in central Newfoundland in 2008. BBAM is owned by Hunan Nonferrous Metals Corporation (HNC), the largest antimony company in the world. During operations, stibnite ore from the underground mine was fed to a 450 tonne-per-day mill to produce a concentrate grading about 63%. The concentrate was trucked to Halifax for shipping to China.

In January, 2013, BBAM suspended its operations because of high operating costs and lower than expected ore grades. BBAM has placed operations on care and maintenance, and has not identified a target date for re-opening the mine. An exploration program was started in 2013 to identify additional resources. Ten employees are working at the site, compared to 106 during full production.

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 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 Gypsum is investigating other market opportunities.

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.

This peat-moss processing company is located in Bishop’s Falls, central Newfoundland. Hi-Point is the producer of the oil absorbent, "Oclansorb", and horticultural peat. The operation employs 10–20 people seasonally. Hi-Point has developed its Island Pond peat bog near the Gander Bay Highway for the production of additional horticultural peat.

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. (HSWC)

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 (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 some 14 million tonnes can be pelletized. Total shipments (pellets + concentrate) for 2015 are expected to be about 17.4 million tonnes compared to 14.3 million tonnes for 2014.

IOC registered the Wabush 3 deposit for environmental assessment early in 2013 and submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in August, 2014. In December, 2014 IOC was advised that an amendment to the EIS was required. The current project schedule indicates that production from Wabush 3 will start in late 2016 and extend to approximately 2060. This deposit is being developed to provide an alternate feed source for the mill to allow operational flexibility and will not directly affect planned production rates.


Iron Ore Company of Canada - Dolomite

IOC has mined dolomite in Labrador West for making pellets since 1986.

In 2009, the company started mining at the Plateau dolomite mine near the Javelin road. In 2014, production was 130,000 tonnes.

IOC is currently is the process of implementing the rehabilitation and final closure of the Leila Wynne dolomite mine that operated from 1989 to 2005.

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 part of the larger Attikamagen project that straddles the Newfoundland and Labrador/Québec borders about 20 km northeast of Schefferville. The Joyce Lake part of the property is wholly located in Newfoundland and Labrador. 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.

The EA registration document describes a project that could produce up to 12 million tonnes of direct-shipping iron ore over a mine life of about 5-6 years. However, a preliminary economic assessment released after the project was registered for EA proposes a project that could produce about 7 million tonnes of direct-shipping ore over 4 to 5 years. An updated mineral resource estimate issued after the registration indicates a significant increase in mineral resources at the project (now 24 million tonnes).

On July 22 2014, the company announced the start of a bankable feasibility study for the project. The study is expected to be completed by Q1 2015.

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) operates a direct shipping iron ore project in the Menihek area of Labrador where IOC operated from 1954 to the early 1980’s. Initial shipments from the James mine occurred in 2011 and commercial production was declared in April 2012. Declining iron ore prices and lack of immediate access to high quality ore prompted LIM to stop production and shipments for 2014 and 2015. A return to production in 2016 is subject to being able to reduce costs and raise additional financing.

The Houston mine, proposed as the next phase of project development, is fully permitted. Some development work is necessary to prepare the deposit for mining. The Houston operation would have a mine life of about 6 years with total shipments of about 9 million tonnes of direct-shipping ore.

LIM also formed a joint venture with Tata Steel Minerals Canada to prepare the Howse deposit for environmental assessment and development. This deposit is north of LIM’s Silver Yards operation and would be processed through TSMC’s mill that is nearer the deposit. Environmental registration documents for the Howse deposit state that construction is expected to begin in 2016.

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, a partnership between Canada Fluorspar Inc. (CFI) and Arkema, plans to re-activate the underground fluorspar mines at St. Lawrence. Arkema is a global chemical company, and Golden Gate Capital, a large U.S.-based equity firm, owns CFI. Government has committed a $17-million repayable contribution to help CFI construct the port facility for the export of fluorspar concentrates.

In 2013, CFI released the results of a preliminary feasibility study completed for the St. Lawrence project. Annual production of acid-grade fluorspar is estimated to average 131,000 tonnes over a 14-year mine life. The employment prediction is an average of approximately 140 over the life of the mine. The capital cost estimate is $154 million.

Exploration work is being carried out to improve the project’s economies of scale. CFI has hired additional employees to support the exploration. 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 and Nugget Pond mills on the Baie Verte Peninsula and a port facility at Goodyear’s Cove. Commercial production was declared at the project in November 2012. Ore from the Ming mine is trucked about 40 km to the Nugget Pond facility which includes a gold hydromet mill and a recently added copper flotation circuit.

RMM is currently mining high-grade massive sulphides; however, there is a high-tonnage, low-grade resource identified at the mine and located below the sections currently being mined. The company has done a preliminary economic assessment on this large ore body 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. NL’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 (DMS) technology. A pilot plant currently operating at RMM’s Nugget Pond facility is assessing the effectiveness of the DMS technology. A prefeasibility study on the LFZ is underway with a completion date of June 2015.

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 and 2014 shipments were 250,000 tonnes. This material was processed using dry crushing and screening methods. The primary plant, when completed, will be a wet process allowing lower grade ore to be processed.

A rail spur from Labrador Iron Mines’ Silver Yards facility to TSMC’s wet processing plant was completed in Fall, 2014. This will enable rail shipments to take place from the TSMC site versus trucking to Labrador Iron Mines’ property for rail loading. The new processing plant is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2015. As a result, shipments are projected to ramp up to nearly 3 million tonnes for 2015. Capacity in 2016 and future years is expected to be 6 million tonnes with plant feed coming from both NL and QC. 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 (Teck) owns the Duck Pond project located approximately 30 kilometres southeast of Millertown. The project consists of two small open pits, an underground mine, a concentrator (mill), tailings facilities and a 100-person operations camp. The mine started producing copper and zinc concentrates in 2007. The concentrates are trucked to a storage and shipping facility in St. George’s and sold to smelters in North America and overseas. The deposits will be exhausted in the first half of 2015, after which time the mine will be permanently closed.

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) is a privately-held company operating a pyrophyllite mine in Conception Bay South. Products include pyrophyllite powder and waste rock sold as aggregate.

Over the past few years, TRL has improved its pyrophyllite powder product by investing in specialized equipment to remove impurities. The mine currently employs 18 people year round.

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. Once the hydromet processing plant is completed, it will process Voisey’s Bay nickel concentrate into finished nickel, copper, and cobalt metal products.

VNL reported production during the first nine months of 2014 at 35,600 tonnes of nickel, 21,500 tonnes of copper and 711 tonnes of cobalt. Production for the first nine months of 2014 was slightly lower than the previous year due to mill maintenance.

Employment for all aspects of the Voisey’s Bay project including Labrador and Long Harbour is anticipated to be 2,674 person years for 2015. Approximately 460 people are employed at the Voisey’s Bay mine site and the balance at the processing plant at Long Harbour. About 390 operations staff work at Long Harbour, with the remainder being involved in continuing construction.

In July of 2014, VNL achieved a major milestone at Long Harbour with the production of first nickel. The hydromet processing is initially processing a combination of imported low impurity nickel matte, and concentrate from Voisey’s Bay while the remainder of the plant is completed and commissioned. The remaining construction will complete additional circuits required to permit a switch to 100% Voisey’s Bay concentrate.

In 2013, government, Vale Canada and VNL agreed on amendments to the Development Agreement that included a commitment by VNL to an underground mine at Voisey’s Bay. Construction of the underground mine is projected to start in 2016 with ore production beginning in 2019. This next phase of the Voisey’s Bay project will generate additional employment and industrial benefits to the province.

In February 2015, government announced a further amendment to the Development Agreement. Through the amended agreement, the government has granted Vale permission to export additional nickel concentrate from the Voisey’s Bay mine to ensure continuity of operations at the mine and to provide operational flexibility until the processing plant reaches full capacity.

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 would be idled; later in 2014 CNR announced that the mine would be permanently closed.

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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