Chapleau's new mine has officially opened.
Joined by Greg Rickford, Ontario's Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Indigenous Affairs, Newmont Goldcorp officially cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Borden Gold Project on Monday.
Other dignitaries at the even included Chapleau Mayor Michael Levesque, Timmins Mayor George Pirie, Timmins NDP MPP Gilles Bisson, Chapleau Cree First Nation Chief Keeter Corston, Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation Chief Anita Stephens, Brunswick House First Nation Chief Cheryl St. Denis, and Michipicoten First Nation Chief Pat Tangie.
According to Newmont Goldcorp, Borden will be the world's first all-electric underground mine, using state-of-the-art health and safety controls, digital mining technologies and processes, and low-carbon energy vehicles intended to eliminate diesel particulate matter from the underground environment, lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy costs, protect employee health, and minimize environmental impacts.
It also says Borden's 1000 square kilometre land package represents additional exploration upside, as the Borden deposit remains open at depth.
Borden is expected to achieve commercial production in the fourth quarter of the year, with the ore to be processed by the mill at Newmont Goldcorp's Porcupine Gold Mines in Timmins.