Earthworks for mine site preparations including construction of level areas for mine facilities and lay-down areas, drainage, and the contact water pond.
As a result of a 2014 feasibility study, Pretivm pursued their Brucejack Gold Project as a 2,700 tonnes per day underground mine, with commercial production targeted for 2017. The Brucejack site is located in northern British Columbia, 65 km. north of the town of Stewart, B.C. at an elevation of 5000 ft. The expected mine life is 18 years producing an estimated 7.3 million ounces of gold, with an average annual production of 504,000 ounces of gold over the first 8 years. The capital cost of mine development was estimated at US$697 million, including contingencies and three months working capital, with construction over the next three years.
Scope of work
Belvedere Place Contracting, working together with Arthon, performed the majority of the site preparation earthworks for the development of the Brucejack Gold Project. The work included drill, blast and rock fill operations in order to prepare level areas for the ore processing plant, permanent camp, and lay-down areas. Earthworks involved developing quarry operations for the mine site, the installation of drainage facilities, and construction of the contact water pond and on-site access roads.
Project specific challenges included adverse conditions at a remote location at 5000 ft. elevation, a schedule requiring 24-hour workdays through winter months, and a security sensitive site.
After success with previous joint projects, Belevedre Place Contracting and Arthon continue to partner strategically on specific projects.