Following a four-year period of development, Goldcorp Inc.’s $1.8-$1.9 billion Éléonore Mine in the James Bay region of Québec achieved its first gold production last week on Oct. 2.
“The team has done a tremendous job bringing this mine into production safely, in partnership with the Cree Nation of Wemindji, the Grand Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee/the Cree National Government (GCC(EI)/CNG) and our suppliers and contractors from Quebec,” Goldcorp president and CEO Chuck Jeannes stated. “Located in one of the most attractive mining jurisdictions in the world, the project during its development stage created 2,000 jobs in the province of Quebec and approximately 900 of these will be maintained as we move towards full production.”
The initial dore bar, poured on Oct. 1, contained an estimated 70 ounces of gold recovered from the gravity circuit.
Commissioning of the remainder of the plant is underway with gold production from the leaching and CIP circuit expected in October. In general, progress is on track for commercial production in the first quarter of 2015.
2014 production at Éléonore is expected to reach between 40,000 and 60,000 ounces of gold, ramping-up to throughput of 7,000 tonnes per day by 2018.
Goldcorp’s Canadian assets now include four operating mines (Red Lake, Éléonore, Porcupine, and Musselwhite), and one development project (Cochenour).