Barminco says it has mobilised to start the development of the new underground portal at Barrick Gold’s Hemlo gold mine in Ontario, Canada.
The installation of the portal ground support has been completed and a new Sandvik DD421 jumbo is being used to drill the first round of what will be the entrance to the new decline ramp, Barminco said.
It added: “Barminco is proud to be introducing high speed development capabilities at Hemlo, adding value to the already well-established mine.”
Earlier this year, Barminco was issued a letter of intent to provide underground contract mining services at Hemlo following Barrick’s decision to phase out open-pit mining and move to an underground contract mining model at the operation.
Perenti, Barminco’s parent company, said back then that its underground contract mining division would “bring industry-leading technology and productivity to Hemlo in support of Barrick’s goal to modernise and improve the performance of the mine and establish it as a Tier Two asset within its group”.